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Sick of getting the cold and flu?

by Hazen Center for Integrated Care
Tue, Oct 31st 2017 11:00 pm

It’s that wonderful time of the year when it cools and football season is in full swing; fall is in the air. But wait, so is the flu — the dark side to the changing seasons. Runny noses, coughing, being tired and not wanting to do anything, but binge watch Netflix. No thank you. This is the time of the year when self-care becomes even more important.

Your friends at Prevention and Outreach Services are here to lend a helping hand. Speaking of hands don’t forget to wash yours, that’s really important. The CDC recommends washing your hands for 20 seconds about as long as singing the “Happy Birthday” song. Also, try to keep your hands away from your nose, eyes and mouth. Germs really dig those places. 

Something I am sure you dig are your friends. Who doesn’t, right? Friends are great, but maybe not so much when you are sick. Now this next one might sound like a no brainer, but especially on a place like a college campus, in your dorm room or in your apartment, staying away from people who are sick becomes really important.

This includes items as well. Don’t forget to disinfect your stuff. So, break out the cleaning supplies and wipe down those countertops, remotes and other things you might be sharing with roommates. Try your best to not share things like drinking glasses and utensils. Using your own glass and disposable silverware may help you in preventing the cold and flu. 

Another tip to help prevent the flu is working out and eating a healthy diet. 

According to Dr. Ann G. Kulze, CEO and founder of Dr. Ann and Just Wellness, working out on a regular basis greatly boosts immune function. According to Dr. Jeff Robertson, chief medical officer for health insurer Regence, a healthy diet full of fruits and vegetables can also help boost immune function. 

Let us not forget one of the most important things you can do to ensure that you do not catch the flu: get your flu shot. The flu shot is available to students for free in the health center. The wonderful staff in the health center will be happy to help you stay healthy all year long. Don’t get caught, get the shot. 

Now, let’s say that you got sick. You fought the good fight and gave it your all. Nevertheless, your immune system is waving the white flag and your body has surrendered. Your friends at The College at Brockport salute you and hope you have a quick recovery. Here are some tips and tricks you can do to ensure that your recovery is as quick and painless as possible.

First, if you have a fever above 100.3 degrees fahrenheit that lasts more than four to five days, it is important to see a doctor or someone in the health center. Next, try to keep it under wrap. Don’t forget to throw out tissues and cough into your elbow; not your hands, so you won’t spread it to your fellow students. 

I’m sure you’ll love to hear this next one:  stay in bed. Getting enough rest becomes even more important when you are sick. Just remember to get up occasionally to get some water. Staying hydrated when you are sick is important, as dehydration can easily happen. This is especially true if you have a fever or are throwing up. It might also be helpful to avoid things like caffeine and alcohol, as these things can dehydrate you even more. Something you might want to take advantage of is over the counter medications and thermometers.

These things do a great job at helping you treat and manage your cold/flu in the comfort of your own room or apartment. Just be sure to select an over the counter medicine that matches the symptoms you have. If you have questions on medicinal interactions or medicine directions, ask the pharmacist. 

Speaking of asking people questions and connecting with people, don’t forget to connect with your professors so they know what is going on and check the syllabus for whatever you may have missed in class. Or better yet, connect with a classmate who was in class on the day you missed. 

Don’t forget about Hazen. The health center offers wonderful things like walk-in hours from 8 to 11 a.m., free self-care kits right when you walk in and a friendly staff ready to help. These are just a few tips and tricks that we hope really help you in the ongoing battle with the cold and flu. 

That’s it from the Health Corner this week. Catch us here next week where we make health contagious!

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