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Illness

Colds and Flu:
When you start University you will be in contact with loads of new people and your body will come into contact with lots of new germs and bugs. Colds and flu are quite common for freshers. Have you heard of the Fresher’s Flu?
 
  • If you end up feeling tired and run down try to rest and give your body a break/boost. You will be busy over the first few weeks so at some point it may well all catch up with you. If you are not getting enough rest, your immune system will be weak so make sure you are looking after yourself.
  • If you are ill whilst at university it is important to let your department know. Student support and guidance can offer you help and advice regarding the support services available to you and about contacting your department. It may be that you need to complete a mitigating circumstances  form.
  • If you think you or a friend has something more serious you may need to seek medical help. Below you will find out how to spot key signs of various illnesses associated with Uni life and who to talk to if you need help.

Meningitis and Mumps:
The most common concerns regarding student health are meningitis and mumps.
 
The Meningitis Research Foundation has information about the symptoms of meningitis and the support available. Or you can contact MeningitisWise for free on 080 8800 3344 or email them at helpline@meningitis.org. The NHS website has information about the symptoms, causes, treatment and prevention of mumps.
 
If you think you are ill and wish to check your symptoms you can use the NHS online symptom checker. For health advice and reassurance, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year you can call 111 to speak to NHS direct.