FORT RUCKER, Ala. (August 1, 2013) -- Lyster Army Health Clinic primary care managers encourage parents to start thinking about making appointments for their child's school and sports physicals.

"Sports physicals are done by appointment only," said Alexa Fling, supervisory nurse at LAHC, adding physicals are good for 12 months from the date issued.

"If your child has had a physical done by a provider at Lyster or another military treatment facility within the past 11 months, please bring your form (with parent portion filled out) to the front desk of the primary care clinic and it will be ready for pick up the following business day," she said.

Children who have not had a physical and may want to participate in a sport or school activity also need an appointment before school starts.

"We will keep a copy of the physical on file and if you need it anytime within the next year you will be able to pick up a copy to give to the school," Fling said.

Remember, if your child is entering the school system as a new student they will also need an Alabama Blue Card (immunization card), she said, adding that parents should bring copies of their child's immunization records to the immunization clinic.

To schedule your child's school and sports physical, call 255-7000 to make an appointment with your child's primary care manager.