By: Kaitlin Wells, Staff Reporter
Living in the dorms is a familiar part of the college experience. While there are many pluses to living in a dorm, they are also a place in which germs and sickness can easily be spread. According to Princeton University Health Services, colds and influenza are the most common illnesses among college students. Fear not! Even though you are living in the dorms, there are many ways in which you can help keep yourself healthy.
There are many well-known ways in which to avoid illness, one of the most common is vaccinations. The CDC states that flu shots reduce the risk of infection from 40%-60%. Receiving a flu shot is one of the easiest and most effective ways to prevent the flu. This can not only keep you from getting sick, but also prevent the sickness from spreading to other students.
Although flu shots are the most effective, there are other ways to stay healthy in the dorms. Ways to keep your immune system strong include drinking lots of water, getting lots of vitamin C, and getting plenty of sleep. Not getting enough sleep weakens the immune system, making students more susceptible to illness. Washing your hands, eating healthy and exercising will also keep you safe during flu season.
Being healthy plays a critical role in your learning. Living in the dorms can make you more vulnerable to illness. Take precautions to keep your body healthy and the people around you healthy. Don’t let the flu get in the way of your education!