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Monday, February 4, 2013
Jeroen van Oostrom
As the temperature starts to drop, it seems that our immune system also goes down with it. Living in a dorm room, late nights in the library, and eating in the same locations is ideal for the germs also living at UNH. Getting sick often gives students the excuse to miss class. It is true that we are thinking about the other students in class and don’t want to get them sick, but have you ever thought about how much money you are losing?
What does money have to do with being sick? It has been estimated by a Los Angeles University that every class a student misses it costs about $85-120 out of pocket! Since you have already paid for tuition the money lost is only impacting you. Not only may you fall behind in coursework, but it may impact your overall grade. To avoid missing class and losing money, stay on top of your health! Be sure to wash your hands several times throughout the day, to cough or sneeze into your elbow, and getting enough sleep are some ways to keep your immune system strong. Another recommendation for immune health is to limit your alcohol intake. If you are feeling sick it might be better not to go out during the weekend to ensure that you start to feel better for the upcoming school week. Research done at Brown University found that alcoholic is actually toxic to immune cells, so if your immune system is already fighting off a cold don’t damage it further.
To find out more ways to help your immune system check out the Today Health Article 7 Easy Ways to Boost Your Immune System.
Don’t let being sick cost you more than you are already paying for school. The UNH Health Services is helping to fight against the flu season by offering FREE vaccinations to any student who has already paid their mandatory fees. For any student who has not paid these fees, the vaccination is $25. Whether you have to pay or not, it may be a great option to help avoid money loss for having to miss class.
The Seasonal Flu Clinic for students is offered on Wednesday, October 31 from 10:00am - 4:00pm and no appointment is needed. It is recommended that you anticipate a wait time of 20 minutes. The clinic will be put on in the Granite State Room at the MUB. If you cannot make the flu clinic and interested in getting the vaccine call (603) 862 - WELL. Click Seasonal Flu Clinic for more information or if you have any questions.
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