Back to school means back to germs. College campuses are notorious breeding grounds for all kinds of health issues, from the common cold to more serious concerns like meningitis. There are preventative measures you can take, but they’re not foolproof, and most college students will get sick at least once by the end of the first semester. If you’re one of them, one little app can make a huge difference.
Let’s start with the things you can do before you even head to campus. First and foremost, you should absolutely make sure your vaccines are current, and get this year’s flu shot as soon as it’s available, typically in the early fall. Second, develop the habit of washing your hands more regularly, and especially before eating, and make sure you keep your room clean and your bedding laundered regularly.
Once classes start, there are several common college practices that can disrupt your immune system. Most students tend not to prioritize nutrition and healthy eating, and this leads to more than just the dreaded “freshman 15”. Not getting the proper levels of crucial vitamins in your diet can cause you to become more susceptible to any germs you encounter.
Another immune system disruptor is a lack of sleep. Just because you can pull all-nighters studying or party till the sun comes up doesn’t mean that you should. Getting adequate rest will help you feel and look your best, and leave your brain better prepared to handle any challenge your profs may throw your way.
Urgent Care Delivery
Even if you follow all of the best practices, eat healthy foods for every meal and clock a regular eight hours every night, living in a tight space with roommates and sharing a communal bathroom may still cause you to get sick. So what do you do then?
Most will just head to the campus health center, but this can sometimes mean long wait times and exposure to more germs. Others opt for a nearby urgent care clinic, but again there’s a waiting room to deal with, and that’s probably the last thing you want to deal with when you’re already feeling poorly. Wouldn’t it be great if you could just get medical care delivered like pizza? Good news: you can.
DispatchHealth is the health app that every college freshman should have. You just let them know what your symptoms are, and then sit back and relax while you wait for them to come to you. They can help with all the common problems like fever, cough, cold, flu and stomach bugs. And they can also treat some more advanced stuff you might not realize like dehydration, anxiety, minor injuries and that funky rash that popped up overnight.
DispatchHealth’s team of ER-trained medical staff will come to your dorm room, off-campus housing or even the public library. And since they accept most private insurance, there’s no need to buy in to expensive campus health plans if you’re still on Mom or Dad’s medical coverage.
So the next time you’re feeling ill, on or off campus, ditch the waiting room and call in the experts from DispatchHealth instead!