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School health care

School health care is continuation of the work started at the maternity and child health clinic. School health care is preventive in nature. It reinforces the individual resources of each child, young person and family.

The goal of school health care is to ensure the healthy growth and development of children and young people and ensure their study abilities.

Together with the school and other operators and authorities, school health care also makes sure that the school environment is healthy and safe.

A pupil has a medical check-up by the school nurse.

The school nurse meets with students annually during scheduled medical check-ups. These check-ups involve interviews, clinical examinations and other methods as required that chart the growth, development and well-being of the child, in accordance with his or her age and individual needs. A school nurse will administer vaccinations in accordance with the general vaccination programme to the children and young people.

Extensive health examinations will be performed during the 1st, 5th and 8th grade, which include, in addition to the check-up by a school nurse

  • an examination by a doctor and
  • meeting and interview with a parent/the parents.

The purpose of these check-ups is to provide a comprehensive look at the current life situation of the child and his or her family, as well as the factors that affect the health of the child.  Feedback about the health examinations will be given to the parents either verbally or in writing. 


If a sick child requires an evaluation or treatment from a doctor or a public health nurse, the guardian should take the child to their own health station. The treatment and control of children’s long-term illnesses are the responsibility of a health station


  School doctor Health station Information
Psychological (mental) and psycho-social issues X X Contact the location that suits you the best.
Learning difficulties that school support measures have not alleviated X -  
Suspected deterioration of learning abilities (e.g. numerous absences) X -  
Suspected scoliosis (spinal curve) X - Scoliosis does not cause pain. Early detection is useful in order to prevent difficult spinal curves.
Growth disorder X -  
Delayed or early puberty X - Monitoring the progress of puberty is the responsibility of school health care.
Weight gain and weight loss X - Primarily the responsibility of school health care.
Menstrual problems     Case-specific.
Hormonal contraception - X Pupils at comprehensive school are usually directed to a centralised Family Planning Clinic.
Long-term illnesses - X Health station’s responsibility. Periodic examinations by the school doctor ensure that treatment and monitoring are proceeding as planned..
Acne, stomach problems, headaches, bed-wetting, allergies, rashes, respiratory and musculoskeletal symptoms - X If the problem is observed during a school doctor’s examination, the doctor may treat the problem or provide a statement. For further treatment, the child is usually referred to a health station (both by the school doctor and school nurse).
Cold, cough, diagnosing and control of asthma. - X  
Suspicion of a serious illness - X If it occurs at school, the school nurse will immediately ask the school doctor or the City’s other doctors for advice.



Frequently asked questions about doctor’s health examination – school doctors’ answers to questions by children and young people

1. Why do I need to go to the health examination, do I have to? 

2. What happens during the examination? 

3. Why do I have to share so much about my own life? 

4. Will the doctor talk about my business to others? 

5. Why do I have to take off my shirt or trousers? 

6. Is a school doctor the same as a normal doctor? How have they been trained? 

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