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Teen Immunizations

There are many teens out there who are unprotected against vaccine-preventable diseases. Some of the reasons the teens do not have all the vaccines they need include:

  • New vaccines on the market
  • New recommendations for booster vaccines
  • Teens do not regularly go to the doctor for preventative care
  • Parents and teens unaware of the risks of these diseases

For these reasons, we are urging parents of children 11 years old and above to make an appointment with their family doctor to discuss immunizations their teen may need.

View the Teen Immunizations Powerpoint presentation.

Top 5 Healthy Habits

Wash your hands! — Hand washing is the number one way to prevent the spread of germs. Wash your hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. Wash your hands: Before you eat or drink. After you use the restroom. After you handle pets. After you handle shared objects. After coughing or sneezing . Before and after handling food.

Eat a balanced diet! — Eating a diet rich in whole wheat fiber, fruits and vegetables, lean meats and low- fat dairy can help maintain health and a healthy weight.

Exercise! — Exercise for 30 minutes or more on at least five days of each week. Any type of physical activity applies including: walking, running, swimming, organized sports and playing tag in the park.

Drink water! — Our bodies are composed of 60% water. Dehydration can lead to fatigue, muscle aches, headaches, dry mouth and decreased mental alertness. You should drink 2 liters/ 8 cups of water per day on average. Increased activity, illness or hot, humid weather can increase your daily need.

Rest! — This includes getting enough sleep and resting your mind. The average person needs approximately 8 hours of sleep each night. Children and teens may need 10-12 hours per night. You also need to rest your mind and unwind each day. Stress can lead to irritability, decreased concentration and decreased immunity.

 

Hand Washing 101

Did you know that the simple practice of hand washing is the number one way to prevent the spread of disease and keep you healthy? Tips to prevent the spread of germs

  • Cough or sneeze into your sleeve to prevent contamination of hands with germs. If a tissue is used, always wash hands afterward
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth
  • Wash hands often with soap and water
  • Do not share food, beverages, or eating utensils

When to wash hands

  • After using the restroom
  • After coughing or sneezing into hands or using a tissue
  • Before handling food, i.e. preparing it or eating it
  • After touching shared objects, i.e. toys, phone, pens, doorknobs
  • After touching pets or other animals

How to wash hands

  • Wet hands with warm water
  • Apply soap and lather hands for 20 seconds (long enough to sing the Happy Birthday song twice)
  • Rinse hands with warm water
  • Pat hands dry with a paper towel or use hand dryer
  • Turn off faucet using a paper towel
  • Avoid re-contamination by not touching surfaces when leaving restroom

Remember to make hand washing a healthy habit in your homes year-round!

For more information on hand washing visit:

www.odh.ohio.gov
www.cdc.gov
www.coughsafe.com