> ‘Tis the season to be snotty

For many students Fresher’s week consisted of socialising, meeting new friends, dancing, and a lot of booze.Students of UWE partied hard during the week to celebrate the start of University; however, the partying soon came to a halt due to the attack of fresher’s flu.  Not only is this caused by students new lifestyle, the flu season is unfortunately increased during the autumn and winter seasons. 

As the deadlines and early morning increase so, it seems, does the memory of Fresher’s week.  Now only the sound of coughs and sniffles linger around lecture halls this month as many students suffer from the results of late Fresher’s flu. Doctor surgeries around the UK have been preparing for the annual flu pandemic; therefore it is essential that students have registered with their local doctor. Frenchay campus’s local supermarket, Sainsbury’s, has also been advertising flu jabs for those suffering during this season.

However, it is vital to be aware of all symptoms so it can be treated as soon as possible, due to simple coughs leading to serious infections without treatment.

Fresher’s flu can be prevented by simple lifestyle conditions and basic nutrition such as:

  • Plenty of vitamin C
  • Fresh fruit and veg
  • Minimum of 8 hours sleep
  • Keep hydrated (especially with a hangover)
  • Wrap up warm
  • High hygiene
  • Healthy REGULAR meals


And all the other rules mothers teach.

For all those living on Frenchay Campus, the Doctor Surgery in located on Carroll Court and Sainsbury’s also has a pharmacy with a variety of over the counter prescriptions.  If you have any symptoms, call your local surgery or NHS direct on 0845 4647.

Lauren Winney