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Everything you should know about school physicals

Everything you should know about school physicals

School's out. Final grades are in. Still, there's one exam your child might need to take: An annual physical administered by his or her primary care physician. And now could be the time to get one, before physician offices become busier in the fall.

In many ways, results from a physical are the most important report card a parent and child will receive.

"It's an assessment of their whole health," said Dr. Tim Doran, a pediatrician with Greater Baltimore Medical Center. "We really deal with the entire spectrum of their physical and mental well-being. All of that is really important."

While requirements vary based on school district, nearly all...