Graduations are just around the corner. This is a time to celebrate achievements, good friends, and the future. As we recognize all of the high school and college graduates, the Rhode Island Department of Health would also like to remind everyone to be safe.
Many high schools or communities sponsor substance-free events after prom or after graduation. Help plan a local event and if you have high school students, encourage them to attend. If your community does not have alcohol-free prom or graduation parties, talk to your children about the dangers of underage drinking, and make a point of having teens inform you of where they are and who they are with. more
The legal drinking age in Rhode Island is 21. Adults age 21 and older should not be hosting parties for underage drinkers or buying alcohol for minors. If you are 21 or older and have been drinking, do not drive. The legal limit in Rhode Island is .08. If you do plan to drink, make sure you choose a designated driver.
Many people today do not have a job lined up before graduation. If you are completing your education and want to work in the healthcare field here are a few suggestions for new graduates.
Whether you are continuing your education or entering the workforce, make sure you are up-to-date on all of the recommended vaccinations. Some professions require you to have certain vaccinations. The State’s Immunization Program provides all of the recommended vaccinations at no charge to all Rhode Island children and adolescents up until his or her 19th birthday.
Before you leave school (high school or college) make sure to get a copy of your immunization record. This could save you time and money if you ever need to provide official proof of your vaccination history.