As a teenager you go through many changes and you are probably becoming more independent and making more of your own choices. One of the biggest choices you face is regarding your health. Maintaining good physical health during the teen years is very important. Why? Because healthy habits, including eating a well balanced healthy diet and being physically active can help you feel good, look good and do your best in school, work or sports. They might also prevent diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, osteoporosis, stroke and some cancers.
Now is the time to take charge of your health. Making even small changes such as decreasing the amount of fast foods and sugar will help you look and feel your best.
A visit to your dentist every six months for an examination and cleaning will also contribute to a healthy lifestyle and avoid most mouth problems. Brush after each meal, floss daily and avoid sugar, chewing tobacco, and smoking. If you need dental care talk with your parent to contact a private dentist; talk with your school
nurse or contact the School Nursing office at 770-229-3710 ext. 350.
• Teens and adults need immunizations to protect them from dangerous diseases. Your first adult tetanus-diphtheria booster is due between ages 14 and 15. You should have a booster shot at least every 10 years after that. Tetanus (lockjaw)
and diphtheria are rare but deadly diseases.
• Young women should be immune to rubella, known as “German Measles”, before they become pregnant. Rubella infection during pregnancy can result in birth defects. A simple blood test will let you know if you need a “booster
• For college, military service, or travel oversees other vaccinations may be advised. Workers in the health fields, prisons, and pre-schools should receive Hepatitis B immunizations. Keep your immunization records in a safe place for future reference and update. You can get immunizations
through your county health department or private physician.
• Spalding County Health Department