What is Fresher's Flu?

Get top tips for how best to tackle fresher's flu and how to get rid of it quickly in this article.

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Fresher’s flu is an inevitable part of life during those early weeks at uni, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t take steps to prevent you from catching it. Here you will find top tips for how best to tackle fresher’s flu and how to get rid of it as quickly as possible.  

When you’re in close contact with a lot of different people during Fresher’s Week, washing your hands and cleaning your room will help stave off fresher’s flu.

What is fresher’s flu?

Fresher’s flu is most likely caused by the sheer volume of people combined with the lack of sleep, poor diet and heavy alcohol consumption during Fresher’s Week. Those who travel from different countries could bring strains of virus to which they are immune, but others like you may have not had the chance to acquire immunity. The stress of starting uni could also exasperate the symptoms.  

What are fresher’s flu symptoms?

There are a number of fresher’s flu symptoms you should keep an eye out for:

  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Dry cough
  • Severe headache
  • Aches and pains
  • Feeling tired all the time  

How can I treat fresher’s flu?

There are five ways that you can treat fresher’s flu, should you be unfortunate enough to contract it. These are:

  1. Get plenty of rest, even if that means staying home instead of partying hard.
  2. Drink plenty of fluids, in particular water and drinks high in Vitamin C.
  3. Keep away from junk food and eat plenty of fruit and vegetables.
  4. Take paracetamol - However, visit your GP is symptoms continue.
  5. Work up a sweat by going for a run or spending time in the gym. Raising your body temperature will help to kill the virus.  

Tips for preventing fresher’s flu

Preventing fresher’s flu will help you carry on enjoying as much time as possible during Fresher’s Week.

  • Eat plenty of protein, which is an immune system building block.
  • Avoid touching surfaces regularly touched by fellow students such as stair banisters.
  • Wash your hands regularly, using products like Neutral, especially after shaking hands during Fresher’s week.
  • Keep your dorm room clean and germ-free using products like Domestos.

Although fresher’s flu is an inevitable part of the first few weeks of uni, you now have all the tips you need to tackle it, get rid of it quickly and, of course, the steps to take in order to avoid catching it in the first place.

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