Published on December 26th, 20110
Freshers Flu – The Run Down
What Are The Symptons And How Do You Beat Freshers Flu ?
Fresher’s Flu is the name given to illnesses that are suffered by new students at university in the first few weeks – the fresher’s weeks. The main reason behind freshers flu is due to living with new people, breathing new germs and is a way of your body reacting to living away from your home. It is not necessarily due to high drinking levels during the first few weeks.
What Are Some Common Symptoms of Fresher’s Flu?
- Sore throats
- High temperatures
- Generally Feeling Unwell
The term freshers flu is pretty much exclusive to the UK it is rarely actual flu and is usually just a bad cold and a headaches, it is slightly an over reaction but it by no means you are not ill.
The cause of fresher’s flu can be put down to the fact that large numbers of students arrive in one place from all over the world with foreign students and new roommates carrying germs that home students aren’t immune to and vice versa. It is going to be a whole new place than to that of your home, you are going to be apart from your family which you might have been living with since you were born.
Another cause of fresher’s flu which is what most people say is the cause is the unhealthy diet and large amount of alcohol consumed by many students during fresher’s weeks.
Fresher’s flu can also refer to the psychological effects that some fresher’s suffer when they start university. These effects can arise from leaving home, being independent, having to make new friends, starting a new course etc.
These psychological effects can of course weaken the immune system opeing the pathway for physical effects of fresher’s flu.
How can you beat Fresher’s Flu before it happens ?
- Sleep – Get as much sleep as you can, if you’re overly tired then you will lower your immunity to colds and flus.
- Drink – Try not to drink alcohol every single night, take nights off, go on freshers events that don’t involve alcohol.
- Eat – Eat well, avoid take aways every night of the week and make sure you are getting your 5 portions of fruit and veg each day.
- Doctor – Register with a GP as soon as you arrive at uni, that way you will have somewhere to go if you do get ill.