Back-to-School Wellness Visits Ask the St. Elizabeth Expert: What do parents need to know about back-to-school wellness visits? COLD SPRING, KY (WKRC) - It's hard to believe, but within a few weeks, kids will be heading back to school. We often think of back-to-school wellness visits as routine health checks for kids. While that's true, family medicine experts at St. Elizabeth Healthcare in Cold Spring say this year, there are a few things not so routine that are really important too. In just a few weeks, Skye will start the sixth grade. She says not only is she lucky to have a doctor for back-to-school wellness, but she's also lucky because her mom is a nurse. Skye was at St. Elizabeth Wednesday because, to start school, she needs some vaccines. In some states, there's been a few changes this year. "In Kentucky this year, there's some new vaccines that are required. Hepatitis A now is required, and for 16-year-olds and order, they have to have a second meningitis vaccine called Menactra," said Dr. Robert Tracy. Dr. Tracy is a family medicine specialist who will also ask about sports played, whether or not a child wears a seat belt or rides or drives with other teens on the road. He also does a pretty thorough exam to listen to the heart and lungs for any potential problems. In addition to that, he says he also wants to establish a safe place and be someone his patients can talk to, ask questions and reach out to. "We talk about questions about sexual health; we talk about questions about substance abuse and cigarette smoking. We try to do some anticipatory guidance at that point," Dr. Tracy said. "If I can, sometimes parents step out of the room, just to give the child a chance to talk one-on-one, we let the kids know that they can call us anytime. This is a place where their questions are considered confidential, and we will work with them so they feel like they have resource." Skye is quite a trooper getting her shots and asking and answering important questions. What Dr. Tracy wants her most to know: We don't want to be here just for when you're sick, we want to actually help you to live better and well," he said.