Student Safety

Is Your College Student Ready For Flu Season?

Author: Uncool Parent Posted: August 20th, 2015

flu season information

Is your college student ready for flu season?  The first defense against the flu is to get the flu vaccine. We would strongly recommend that you remind your college student to go to the Student Health Center at their college or to a local pharmacy (ie. CVS or Walgreens or Right Aid) to get their flu shot.  Most of these local pharmacies do not require an appointment and you can just walk in and get one.

Symptoms of the flu include–body aches, high fever for 3-5 days, sore throat, runny nose and cough. If your college age child calls and complains of these symptoms, have them call the Student Health Services immediately to find out what their school’s policy is about being seen, missing class, etc. Make sure they have some one to look in on them to monitor their condition, bring fluids and food and OTC fever reducers. Certainly anyone with an underlying medical condition or severe symptoms should seek medical attention immediately.
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Spring Festivals at Colleges- Road Trip Time!

Author: Uncool Parent Posted: April 9th, 2015

When kids are away at college we really don’t know what they do each weekend. We imagine they’re on campus studying, meeting friends, and going to parties. But there is a very good chance that come spring, our kids are visiting friends at other schools. Road Trip time!

A few colleges host spring festivals that have become so well known that kids will take trains, planes, and automobiles so they can share the good times. Two of the most well known festivals are University of Pennsylvania’s Spring Fling and Little 500 at Indiana University.

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Safety Items, You Decide….

Author: Uncool Parent Posted: April 10th, 2014

The weather is nice and our college kids are out and about… This is a good time to have that safety conversation again…

Campus Safety is of paramount importance to parents. Here are a few suggestions for our kids protection. Make sure your child is always aware of their surroundings. Are the walking routes well-lite and well-populated? Are campus emergency phones available?  Suggest your child walk with a friend especially at night. If a friend is not available, suggest your child call a friend with a “code” word that identifies a signal for help. Cell phones are excellent but your child must remain aware of their surroundings and not get distracted with the phone conversation. Avoid dark parking areas. Walk with keys interlocked within fingers to be used to fight off an attacker. Blow a whistle. Flash a light. These items are small enough to conceal.
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