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What to know when a student goe to college

DEERFIELD, Ill., July 23 (UPI) -- A U.S. doctor says a check list he has compiled provides medical and mental health information parents and their college-bound children should review.

A single copy of The Healthy Student: A Parent's Guide for Preparing Teens for the College Years can be downloaded from the Web site of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine at: http://www.adolescenthealth.org/Health_Info_for_Teens.htm.

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The booklet also includes the most current vaccination requirements for teens, health insurance for students, medical records for students away from home and the benefits of visiting the student health center on campus.

"A college freshman is essentially a high school senior without parents around," Dr. Lawrence Neinstein, author of the brochure, says. With their newfound freedom, "many stumble into high-risk behaviors and situations, unaware of the consequences and dangers of underage drinking, drug use and consequences of illegal activity."

The brochure can also be purchased in bulk from the society.

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