York Student Health

Freshers' Flu


On arriving at university or college you will be surrounded by a whole host of new strains of bacteria and viruses that you haven’t been exposed to before. Coupled with exhaustion from late nights and first lectures, poor diet and possibly high alcohol consumption, your immune system is unlikely to fight everything off without you noticing. Around 90% of students become ill in their first few weeks of university.


Symptoms are most commonly that of a bad cold:
Runny nose
Sore throat
High temperatures


The best treatment will be plenty of rest, water and vitamins through a healthy diet. Symptoms can be relieved by paracetamol but this shouldn’t be taken over a long period of time. Freshers' Flu will gradually go away but may return at a subsequent point in the year, maybe after the Christmas holidays when everybody arrives back again.

Many of the symptoms of Meningitis are similar to those of Freshers’ flu, which is why it is such a problem. Sudents may not think they are seriously ill until it’s too late so if meningitis is suspected contact the doctor immediately.

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