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Students urged to get healthy before school starts

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A student gets a shot at a Greenville clinic. (File/FOX Carolina) A student gets a shot at a Greenville clinic. (File/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

There are lots of things students and their parents need to get in order before school begins this month, and Upstate doctors want people to also realize the importance of health before classes start.

Brandy Dickson, a nurse practitioner with the Minute Clinic at the CVS on Pelham Road in Greenville, said there are lots of healthy things kids can do before school starts.

"Remember that South Carolina have changed their rules," Dickson says. "Students heading into the seventh grade are required to get the TDAP booster shot before the first day."

The TDAP vaccine protects people from several diseases including tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough.

Dickson also said students should never share water bottles with classmates to stop the spread of disease or illness.

Students who plan to play sports should get a physical, Dickson said. She said they should also wear plenty of waterproof sunscreen when outdoors.

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