That time of year is right around the corner: back-to-school madness! So when youâ€™re driving around to pick up new clothes and pencils, donâ€™t forget the most important stop for your child: The doctorâ€™s office.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that most children be vaccinated against tetanus, diphtheria, hepatitis B, measles, mumps and rubella (all in one shot!)
All of these diseases can cause serious health problems â€¦ and many schools wonâ€™t allow children to attend unless they are current on their vaccinations.
TRICARE Covers It!
Thatâ€™s right: TRICARE will cover all age-appropriate vaccinations, as recommended by the CDC. If youâ€™re not sure what the CDC recommends, just visit www.cdc.gov/vaccines.
And even though itâ€™s early now, remember to begin planning for your childâ€™s seasonal flu shot. Nine out of 10 healthy people who get one, donâ€™t get the fluâ€”and TRICARE covers these vaccinations, too.
Before visiting the doctorâ€™s office, remember â€¦
- Update DEERS: Always double check your information in DEERS and make sure everything is currentâ€”phone numbers, addresses, etc.
- Bring your Military I.D. card: This is what the doctorâ€™s office will use to confirm your TRICARE eligibility. And itâ€™s OK if the staff at the office copy it.
- Look up your health care providerâ€™s information on TriWest.com: If you havenâ€™t already, register for a secure TriWest.com account. Registered users can view all their primary care managerâ€™s information online, before running to the doctorâ€™s office!
For more healthy living tips, you can always visit the TriWest Healthy Living Portal at TriWest.com/HealthyLiving.