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5 Ways to Brace Yourselves for those Winter Bugs

Coughs and colds are already spreading like wildfire among the student population and there's not much you can really do about it. Winter is coming... and so are the bugs! Here are my top five tips on how to prepare for the almost unavoidable:

1) Register with your local GP – You never know when a cold will turn into a nasty infection. Spare yourself the trouble when you’re ill and go and fill in those medical forms sooner rather than later.

2) Check that all of your vaccinations are up to date – When coming into regular contact with so many people it is better to be safe than sorry. This is particularly relevant at the moment as students are being urged to get the meningitis B vaccination. The best people to ask about your vaccination history are your parents and your GP.

3) Stock up on cold and flu remedies early – The last thing you want when you’re feeling unwell is to have to get out of bed and go to the pharmacy or alternatively suffer without medicine.

4) Embrace the fact that you will probably get illWorrying about catching the several cold and flu viruses floating around will do you no favours and could even make you more susceptible to catching them.

5) Wash your hands regularly – This doesn’t mean that you won’t catch a virus but it will lower the chances of you getting anything from contact with surfaces.

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