Health Requirements for College

In an academic environment, students are prone to catch each other’s illnesses. As college campuses are bigger than any school a student has attended previously, there is more probability that a student will develop sicknesses and pass it onto their peers – whether it be the person sitting next to them in an auditorium, or their dorm mate. It is one thing to quarantine yourself as a high school student; chances are, you have a room all to yourself and are able to do so effectively. When in college and unable to quarantine yourself, it is difficult to prevent the spread of viruses and the flu.

Preventing the flu may be one of the most important things you do for your college dorm-mates (photo by Leonid Mamchenkov)

Preventing the flu may be one of the most important things you do for your college dorm-mates (photo by Leonid Mamchenkov)

So how is one able to effectively prevent illness in their dorm? According to Yahoo! Voices, there are practical things one can do to prevent the spread of disease and illness. The article, as found here, recommends receiving annual flu shots, continuous washing of the peoples in the dorm, sanitizing everything, separating all things, and limiting physical contact.

As recommended by the Department of Health of the state of Florida, there are four new vaccines that one should receive in college. These vaccines are as follows:

  • Human Papillomavirus, commonly known as the HPV vaccine
  • Meningococcal Conjugate, commonly known as the MCV4 vaccine
  • Seasonal Influenza, commonly known as the flu vaccine
  • Tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis, commonly known as the Tdap vaccine

Of course, if you haven’t had certain other vaccines that one should have received as a child, one would have to receive those too. Those vaccines are as listed below:

  • Hepatitis B vaccine
  • Measles-Mumps-Rubella vaccine (MMR)
  • Polio vaccine
  • Varicella vaccine (Chickenpox)

So what happens if you actually contract one of these illnesses, such as the flu? Though colleges tend to have health clinics available on campus, there is no way to stay overnight in the clinic – if the illness one contracted was excruciatingly painful, one would have to go to the hospital. Unfortunately, there is no “sick-sleep” room where you are quarantined in college.

As far as college students are concerned, as told by this forum on collegeconfidential, if one person is sick, the whole dorm will be sick in a matter of two weeks. The best thing that students are able to do for each other are to be considerate – esp. coughing into shoulders, cleaning up well after each other, etc…

Another tip to, in general, keep from getting ill, would be to take vitamins daily. Really, the only two that you need as a teen and young adult is Vitamin D and Calcium. Vitafusion has a two-in-one Calcium gummy tablets that will suffice for your needs.

As according to CNCAhealth, for a strong immune system, one should eat oxidant-rich foods, such as avocado and other vegetables. One should also keep adequate amounts of Vitamin D in their systems. For optimal health, one should exercise five to six times a week for at least thirty minutes. To fight a weak immune system, one should regulate their stress levels. And their last point, that college students do not get enough of is the simple task of getting enough sleep daily.

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