Freshers Flu – What it is and how to deal with it

October 4th, 2011 → 2:34 pm @ // No Comments

Coping with Freshers Flu

The dreaded Freshers Flu comes around on the mass meeting and induction of students in the new academic year. Despite being called ‘flu’ it actually isn’t, it’s more like a really bad cold. A huge percentage are inflicted with the viral infection which usually sets in during or just after Freshers Week.

Common symptoms may include:

  • Sore Throats
  • Feverish
  • Headaches
  • Coughs
  • Excess Phlegm
  • Loss of Appetite

With so many people coming from all over the country and overseas, many will bring with them all types of colds strains, so you’re bound to catch one of them. It can be hard to avoid it, with long queues for registration and everyone out for Freshers events.

The poor diet, excessive alcohol consumption and tiredness throughout Freshers Week contributes to the weakening of the immune system and will leave you more vulnerable to it. However, being healthy, well-fed and well-rested won’t make you invincible, so be prepared.

The best thing to do is to simply treat is as a regular cold and try and ride it out. It won’t last long and going to the doctor for a cold is a waste of time.  Make sure you stay in and look after yourself. Even better if you have a friend who can help too.

Dealing with it:

  • Eat – Some good soup will help if you’ve lost your appetite
  • Stay Hydrated – Drink plenty of water and have some orange juice too
  • Medicate – If you have a headache, take something for it. Try some lemsip to help with the cold
  • Rest – Make sure you relax, have plenty of rest and get some sleep to help your body recover

Freshers Flu shouldn’t really last more than a few days. If it does go on longer or feels much worse, then please go and see a doctor. We don’t want you missing out too much on your brand new Uni life :)


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