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May 27, 2011

Staying Healthy on a College Campus...

It's time for college bound freshman to get immunized for fall semester, the perfect time to talk about staying healthy on campus.

According to the American College Health Association, approximately 100 to 125 cases of meningococcal disease occur on college campuses each year, and five to 15 students will die as a result. That's 15 deaths too many that were preventable by having the proper vaccinations and living healthy on campus.

Meningococcal disease is contagious and progresses very rapidly. The bacteria are spread person-to-person through the air by respiratory droplets (e.g., coughing, sneezing). The bacteria also can be transmitted through direct contact with an infected person, such as oral contact with shared items like cigarettes, hookahs, straws, drinking glasses... and through kissing.

In addition to meningitis students are also susceptible to a host of other illnesses such as mono or swine flu, so it's important to get plenty of rest and take the necessary precautions for healthy campus living.

Tips For Healthy Living At College
  • DO see your physician to discuss the vaccines required for college. (Be sure to provide a copy of your immunization records to your school.)
  • DO put together a college first aid kit specific to you.
  • DO keep your dorm room and surroundings clean.
  • DO get plenty of sleep and eat right.
  • DO carry hand sanitizer at all times and use it.
  • DO make sure your shared lab equipment is clean before using it. My own daughter was exposed to swine flu via her campus lab equipment. It was scary.
  • DO NOT play drinking games, especially those that require you to share germs. I've noticed one online dorm store selling connectible drinking straws to college students saying how fun they are and another selling beer bongs... Seriously, this is NOT a good idea!
  • DO NOT share food, cigarettes, drinks, hookahs...
  • DO NOT ignore symptoms of an illness. If you are feeling ill, seek medical treatment right away.
Stay healthy and live Dorm Smart!

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