Start now and teach your teen how to schedule their own appointments and take responsibility for their health. Adulthood is about learning to manage one’s own life, starting now is a great step towards the independence of college.
❏ Set up a dentist appointment before you leave
❏ Get a sports physical, they need to be scheduled now
❏ Update any shots/immunizations. Check with your physican, most want students to have:
- Meningococcal conjugate vaccine. Young adults in dormitory-like living conditions are at higher risk for meningococcal disease, including meningitis.
- Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis) vaccine.
- Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. HPV vaccine protects against the viruses that cause cervical cancer, anal cancers, and genital warts. It is licensed for use in both males and females. A complete series consists of 3 doses: The second dose is administered 1-2 months after the first dose, and the third dose is given 6 months after the first dose.
❏ Update eyeglass or contact prescriptions
❏ Find a pharmacy near the college and transfer any prescriptions
❏ Discuss fitness and healthy eating
❑ Check in about health insurance
- Should your student remain on your insurance, or is the university plan better?
- What information/proof of insurance does your student need to opt out of the university plan? When is the deadline?
- If you choose the university insurance, will that cover her during the summer or when she’s home for breaks?
- Are the services at the university health center covered by a student fee or your insurance, when will your student have to pay out of pocket?
- Make sure that your student takes their insurance cardto college.
Adapted from an Article by University Parent