TriWest preps for school year

| July 27, 2012 | 0 Comments

Shari Lopatin
TriWest Healthcare Alliance

PHOENIX — That time of year is right around the corner — back-to-school madness, so when you’re driving around to pick up new clothes and pencils, don’t forget the most important stop for your child: the doctor’s office.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, recommends that most children be vaccinated against these diseases:
•Tetanus;
•Diphtheria;
•Hepatitis B; and
•Measles, Mumps and Rubella, or MMR. The vaccine is an all-in-one shot.

All of these diseases can cause serious health problems, and many schools won’t allow children to attend unless they are current on their vaccinations.

And even though it’s early now, remember to begin planning for your child’s seasonal flu shot. Nine out of 10 healthy people who get one, don’t get the flu, but Tricare covers these vaccinations, too.

Before visiting the doctor’s office, remember to complete these tasks:
•Update the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System, or DEERS. Make sure your information in DEERS is correct.
•Bring your military ID card. Your ID card is what the doctor’s office will use to confirm your Tricare eligibility. Tricare staff will make a copy of your ID card.

• Schofield Clinic Hours

Walk-in hours for the Schofield Pediatrics and Schofield Family Practice clinics are 8:30-11 a.m., and 1:30-3 p.m., daily.

For appointments at U.S. Army Health Clinic-Schofield Barracks, call the central appointment line at (808) 433-2778.

• Tricare Coverage

Tricare will cover all age-appropriate vaccinations, as recommended by the CDC, visit www.cdc.gov/vaccines.

For more healthy living tips, visit www.TriWest.com/HealthyLiving.

Users can view all their primary care manager’s information online. Register for an account at www.triwest.com.

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