Read This Before You Go Back to College

As August begins, many Kansas City teens are preparing to start or go back to college. Classes, college friends, fun, and football season are likely on the brain.

Whether you attend school in KC or a more distant location, it’s key that you take steps to keep yourself healthy this semester.

Here are our tips for staying well as you head back to college!

Heading Back to College? Follow Our Tips to Stay Healthy

1. Get Immunized

It’s a good idea to stay up-to-date with your vaccinations as you prep to go back to college. You’ll be around so many people, which means you’ll be exposed to a multitude of germs. Experts at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommend the following vaccinations for college-aged adults:

Due to the recent rash of measles cases around Kansas City, 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 of Overland Park 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 at college, it’s important to keep yourself and your partner(s) safe by getting STD testing. After you get tested, you’ll know whether you need to pursue treatment. Having baseline information about your sexual health will also help you if you do contract an STD — you’ll be able to determine when you caught it and potentially identify who transmitted it to you! Test Smartly Labs of Overland Park offers the quick, reliable, and confidential STD testing you need before you head back to college.

3. Know Your Numbers

Worried that the Freshman 15 will ruin your health? Get 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, blood sugar levels, and more at Test Smartly Labs of Overland Park — our wellness lab tests are accurate and affordable!

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