ThedaCare shares six tips to ensure campus living is healthy and safe
As young people head off to college later this summer, many families will plan dorm décor, tuition payments, meal plans, and laptops. But like every stage of life, one’s health has the biggest impact on how a person soaks up new opportunities. When a young person moves away for the first time, he or she needs to complete some healthcare appointments and organize certain health-related information. Here’s what Steve Rasmussen tells his young patients as they prepare to move to college: Get your required and recommended immunizations before you leave. Some will be booster shots and others are especially important for college-age populations who tend to live in close quarters. If you are unsure what shots you’ve already received, log onto the State of Wisconsin Immunization Registry and search by your Social Security Number for your life-long immunization record. This is a great resource anytime you need to share immunization records for study abroad or internship programs, too. Recommendations for college kids include any required childhood booster shots like Tdap plus an annual influenza shot, meningococcal quadrivalent vaccine, meningococcal B vaccine, and HPV vaccine.