Several clinics offer discounted rates on student physicals

August 12, 2013 3:18:17 PM PDT
Now that we've survived the tax free holiday, it's time to move on to other items you may have on your back to school list. Those might include getting your kids immunized or even getting a physical.

If you look it up online, you can probably find a CVS MinuteClinic near you. The price for a sports physical is $49, and that's for a limited time.

Walgreens also has health care clinics. The price of their sports physical is normally $60; but until September 30, the price drops to $39.

Our next stop is the Texas Chiropractic College off Spencer Highway in Pasadena. It's a learning institution where students take internships and must fulfill a number of hours of training.

"The intern is there -- they do the hands on, they do the actual work -- but the care is over seen by the doctors themselves," said Monica Garza, who works at the college.

The college offers several services to the public, including sports physicals at a discounted rate.

"This is a learning institution so we are able to offer lower prices. Our physicals are $30," Garza said.

The Texas Chiropractic College is open 9am-6pm Monday through Friday and 9am-1pm Saturday.

"It is a good idea to make an appointment. We want to make sure there is somebody available here at the time they want to come in," Garza said.

Our final stop is the UT Physicians Clinic at Cinco Ranch. There, we found the best price on physicals.

"We offer the lowest cost at our facility. Most facilities charge $25 or more," employee Lakeshia Piper said. "We charge $19 here at UT Physicians."

Mom Cori Rodriguez is happy to save some extra cash on her son's physical.

"It's convenient, it's inexpensive, it's more inexpensive than the Katy ISD. And you are in and out," Rodriguez said.

And for student athletes like Tristan Rodriguez, it's important to get a thorough look at his physical health.

"If you don't know where you stand medically, you can easily get injured in football or any other sports," he said.

Also, you can get free vaccinations for your children.

The Children's Museum of Houston is offering free vaccinations during every Thursday Free Family Night in August 2013. Texas Children's Mobile Clinic Program will administer back-to-school vaccinations to the first 200 people to arrive. There is no pre-registration. All you have to bring is your child's immunization records.

On August 24, Congressman Gene Green also is hosting his18th Annual Immunization Day, where free vaccines will be administered to school-aged children. The event is from 9am to 1pm at Davila Elementary, 7610 Dahlia Street Houston, TX 77012.

And the Spring Branch Community Health Center will offer free vaccines for children ages 4 to 18 who have Medicaid or are uninsured on the following dates in August:

Saturday, August 3rd, 9am to 1pm at the Pitner Clinic, 8575 Pitner Rd. Houston, TX 77080
Mondays and Wednesdays, August 5th, 7th, 12th, and 14th, 4 to 8pm at the Hillendahl Clinic, 1615 Hillendahl, Suite 100 Houston, TX 77055
Tuesdays and Thursdays, August 6th, 8th, 13th, and 15th, 4 to 8pm at the Pitner Clinic, 8575 Pitner Rd. Houston, TX 77080

The vaccines are while supplies last, and children must bring their official shot record or request from their school nurse.

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