Thoughts of illness and injuries are generally far from the minds of most college students, but being away from home and on your own for the first time means taking a more active and preventative role in your own health care.
Crowded living conditions in dorms and classrooms, interacting with a wide variety of people, late nights and missed meals all can contribute to college students facing illnesses within the first few months of arriving at school. Injuries, sports-related and otherwise, may also be an issue as sleep deprivation and fatigue take their toll.
So what can a college student do? First of all, you will want to prepare before even heading to college. Make sure all immunizations are up-to-date. Booster shots of childhood immunizations are recommended as the protection afforded by these vaccines dwindles over time. Also, vaccines for meningitis, hepatitis A and B, and influenza are recommended for added protection. Write up a detailed medical history; this will be very important both for scheduled check-ups and for emergency visits to clinics and hospitals.
A number of colleges are located near us here at Portland Urgent Care. We see our share of college students seeking advice and assistance for a variety of conditions and illnesses. Many are experiencing illness away from home for the first time and their fear and confusion is understandable. We offer college students who come to our clinic in the Hollywood District compassionate care, experience and plenty of low-cost health care options. We can help with common concerns such as dehydration, immunizations, illness, injury, and sexually transmitted diseases. We bill many different insurance providers and offer low-cost payment plans for students without insurance.
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