Living well and feeling good are common goals shared by patients and families at every age and stage across a lifetime.
The key to a healthy outlook—or living at your “healthiest best”—often begins with thorough preventive care established in partnership with your provider and continues with your commitment to following basic guidelines, screenings and recommendations for your health as you encounter life’s milestones.
Make sure adolescents get eight to 10 hours of sleep per night to help them feel their healthiest best. Sleep deprivation has been shown to contribute to difficulty learning, poor concentration, and decreased problem-solving abilities in school-aged kids and teens.
The teen years are no time to let up on vaccinations. Here is the CDC's recommended vaccination schedule:
Meningococcal Meningitis is a rare but deadly bacterial infection that can affect college students, and particularly freshmen, who are at higher risk as they adjust to dorm living and have potentially weaker immune systems from unhealthy habits or late nights of studying.
EvergreenHealth urges families to get their teens vaccinated before leaving for college.
HPV, or human papilloma virus, is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases that can cause cervical and other cancers, and prevention should start early. Providers recommend boys and girls as young as 11 begin a series of HPV vaccines before they become sexually active.