College Students: Read This Before You Go Back to School

As August progresses, many KC teens are getting ready to start college or return back to campuses across the country. There are many things to think about, such as class schedules, football games, and seeing friends. Whether you go to school in Kansas City or attend a distant school, it’s important to include health and safety on your school checklist. 

Heading Back to College? Follow Our Tips to Stay Healthy

1. Get Immunized

You will need to keep up with your vaccinations as you prep to go back to college. You’ll be around people who can expose you to a multitude of germs. Experts at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommend the following vaccinations for college-aged adults:

  • Seasonal flu: A college campus is the ideal breeding ground for the flu. Since the dominant strains of influenza change each year, it’s important to update your flu shot every year, especially before you head back to school!

Due to the recent rash of measles cases around Kansas City in the last few years, it’s also a good idea to get your MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccination before you go back to college. If you’re not sure when you last had your MMR shot, you can get a titers test at Test Smartly Labs to verify your immunity to several diseases, including MMR, chicken pox, mono, and hepatitis B.

2. Get STD Testing

If you plan on being sexually active in college, it’s important to keep yourself and your partner(s) safe by getting an STD test. After you get tested, you’ll know if you need to pursue treatment. Having baseline information about your sexual health will also help you if you do contract an STD because you’ll be able to determine when you caught it and potentially identify who transmitted it to you. Test Smartly Labs offers the quick, reliable, and confidential STD testing you need before you head back to college.

3. Know Your Numbers

Are you concerned that the Freshman 15 will ruin your health? Get the information you need now to determine how healthy you are and how many times a week you should be hitting the campus gym. Check your cholesterol, heart health, micronutrient levels, and more at Test Smartly Labs — our wellness lab tests are accurate and affordable!

LOOKING FOR RELIABLE HEALTH AND WELLNESS TESTING? CONTACT TEST SMARTLY LABS OR CALL (816) 800-9699 TODAY TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT AT ANY OF OUR 5 KC-METRO LOCATIONS!

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