Public health officials with the Harnett County Health Department, are reminding parents of children who will be entering kindergarten or entering N.C. schools for the first time regardless of grade level to schedule an appointment for their child’s required physical before the start of school. A health assessment includes a medical history, physical assessment, vision and hearing screening, developmental screening and immunizations. The State of North Carolina requires all students entering N.C. schools for the first time to present a completed health assessment form within 30 days of attendance.
The Harnett County Health Department through the Child Health Clinic provides complete physicals. The Child Health Clinic provides services at two locations — the health department located in Lillington at 307 W. Cornelius Harnett Blvd., Monday-Friday, and will now be offered in the Dunn office located at 904 W. Edgerton St. on select days as well. All physicals are by appointment and can be scheduled by calling the health department at 910-893-7550.
For the upcoming school year, public health officials are also encouraging parents to keep their child’s immunization record current. North Carolina requires proof of required immunizations within 30 days of enrollment. The health department provides immunizations to children according to the recommended childhood immunization schedule approved by the North Carolina Immunization Branch. Immunizations required by the state of North Carolina are free. The health department accepts Medicaid, some private insurance, and there is a sliding fee scale which is based on income and family size. For more information about physicals or to make an appointment, contact the Harnett County Health Department at 910-893-7550.