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Healthy Living Tips: Week 9 – Stop that Freshers Flu

“Freshers Flu is the name commonly given to a battery of illnesses contracted by as many as 90%of new students during the first few weeks at a university, in some form; common symptoms include fever, sore throat, severe headache, coughing and general discomfort” – Wikipedia definition.

Freshers Flu is caused by the convergence of millions of germs during the first week of the year, as new students arrive from all corners of the country. Although most students are affected by Freshers Flu it doesn’t last very long and there are ways to reduce your chances of catching it:

  • Make sure you register at the University Health Service. It’s easy to forget to do this with all of the events and info being given to you. Make sure you visit the site for more information http://www.unidocs.co.uk/home.htm.
  • Make sure you have vitamin rich food in your diet. Fruit and veg are perfect for this and can help reduce the chances of getting Freshers Flu. Combine this with vitamin tablets and your immune system will be more than prepared for your Freshers’ Fortnight.
  • Exercise can help reduce stress which is thought to contribute towards the dreaded Freshers Flu.
  • Check out this site from Lloyds Pharmacy with more info on surviving your Freshers’ week http://www.lloydspharmacy.com/en/info/2011-Lloyds-Freshers-Week-Health-Guide

So make sure while you’re going out socialising, partying and getting the most out of your Freshers’ Fortnight, you are also keeping yourself healthy and staying clear from Freshers Flu.

For more info please see

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freshers’_Flu

http://www.independent.co.uk/student/student-life/health/how-to-avoid-the-dreaded-freshers-flu-461532.html

SUSU recommends that you always consult your own GP if you’re in any way concerned about your health, or plan to change your diet dramatically.  Please treat the content within this blog as general information only, and not as a diagnosis.  We cannot accept responsibility for the contents of any external internet sites listed, nor do we endorse any commercial product or service mentioned or advised on any of the sites.

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