What to do about Fresher’s Flu

By Harriet Dunlop

Many students this year will be the victims of Fresher’s flu, but what actually brings on this tremendous illness that feels like it lasts a lifetime? And how does one combat the flu, to ensure it never returns?

From interviewing students and previous fresher’s flu survivors, they can agree that this is a flu that does not shift quickly.

“Although mine only lasted a week, it did feel like it was never going to go,” says student Rath Ganesh.

“I had the flu for almost three weeks and it was a nightmare to get rid of,” student Megan Wenham says.

She adds; “It really takes all of the energy out of you, my main symptoms were a very dry cough, headaches and tiredness.”

When asking her how she got rid of the flu she says; “I didn’t really know how to get rid of it. I guess that’s why I had it for so long. I mainly took paracetamol and carried on with fresher’s. Although towards the end I was drinking a lot more water and getting lots of sleep during the day, which I think did help”

The five best ways to prevent fresher’s flu:

* Exercise: keeping active throughout your first few weeks of university is essential in order to not only stay physically active and healthy, but also internally. Exercising strengthens your heart, and in turn your immune system. Making it an important factor to keep the flu away.

* Sleep schedule: getting enough sleep is crucial to keep away fresher’s flu. Not getting enough sleep will only leave you feeling fatigued and lifeless, making you more vulnerable to picking up germs, and bacteria that could lead to the dreaded flu.

* Drinking water: keeping hydrated throughout fresher’s is super important, especially if you are consuming alcohol. Your body will be dehydrated and will need water to recuperate. Not hydrating your body after a night out will leave your body unable to absorb and transfer nutrients, weakening your immune system and making you more likely to pick up bacteria and illnesses.

* Eating fruits and vegetables: eating healthy is an important source of all the nutritious vitamins needed in your body to fight off illnesses and germs. Simply eating healthier will reduce your chances of getting fresher’s flu.

* Hygiene: make hand sanitizer your new best friend. The amount of new bacteria surrounding university and halls is overwhelming for your body. Washing your hands regularly will prevent the growth of germs, and will stop the spreading of the contagious fresher’s flu.

To ensure you are not one of the many students tied down by fresher’s flu, take the above guide to aid you through your university experience. This way you can get the most out of your weeks at university, while staying healthy and flu free.

Edited by Rhea Cheramparambil and Maisie Thompson

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