Dr. John Perryman joined the show this morning to talk about back-to-school physicals and immunizations. 

What's Up, Doc? is a weekly health segment on WROK sponsored by MercyHealth. Each week they highlight a different doctor/healthcare professional to come on our show and talk to us about their specialty. It has turned into one of our favorite segments. All of our doctors have exhibited a "human" side that people don't always get to see with their physicians. We encourage you to check out some of our past episodes here. We've done about 30 of these segments highlighting everything from Lyme disease to hernia repair to finding a health care plan and everything else in between. We've learned a lot and hope you can too.

Dr. Perryman is our second returning guest on What's Up, Doc? He says it isn't a punishment but we'll let you judge for yourself.

It's never too early in the summer to get your kid's back-to-school physical done before you find yourself rushing to get it done at the last minute in mid-August.

Dr. Perryman explained to us the difference between a sports physical and a regular back-to-school physical and which students should get what.

A new part of these physicals is a short mental wellness screening that they began doing in 2019. Dr. Perryman said that he was surprised with how much the students benefited from these brief screenings.

One of the more fascinating parts of the conversation was when Dr. Perryman brought up the fact that he had seen 0 cases of the flu this year after seeing hundreds each flu season the years before, at least one a day. We asked him how that might impact the development of next year's flu vaccine.

We thank Dr. Perryman for his time and really look forward to his next visit.

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