Make an appointment: Call us eight weeks in advance to schedule a routine physical for your child. Make appointments as soon as possible to avoid the rush before summer camp and before school begins in the fall.
During a routine physical, or “checkup,” your child’s primary care provider (PCP) will do a complete physical exam, review your child’s immunizations, give your child any shots they need, and schedule necessary laboratory work, such as blood tests. Children aged three and older will also have vision and hearing tests as part of a routine physical. This is also a good time for you to ask questions or share concerns with the PCP.
Your child should have routine physicals at:
- 1 week or less
- 1 month
- 2 months
- 4 months
- 6 months
- 9 months
- 12 months
- 15 months
- 18 months
- 24 months
- 36 months
After age three, your child should have a checkup once a year.
Your child may need a health form for school, daycare, summer camp, or a sports team. A health form typically includes information about a child’s immunizations, allergies, and special medical needs or conditions.
If you need a health form for your child, call or send us the form. As long as your child has had a checkup within the last 12 months and is up to date on immunizations, we will fill out the form and send it back to you within a week. If your child requires a physical exam for a particular sport, call to schedule an appointment. You may also request a copy of your child’s latest physical exam using HealthELife. Just let your child's provider know you need the form and we can send it to you through the portal.
State law requires that children have certain immunizations by specific ages.
If you are coming to MIT from another state or country, your previous clinician should complete and sign a certificate of immunization for your child. Drop this off at least three days before your first visit.