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September 4, 2017, by Guest Blogger

How to stay healthy at uni

Your first term at uni doesn’t have to include Freshers’ flu! The University of Nottingham Health Service (UNHS) have put together some advice to help you stay fit and healthy when you join us as a student.

Before you arrive

Bring a small well stocked first aid kit with you that includes:

  • Simple analgesia – such as Paracetamol or Ibuprofen
  • Small adhesive dressings – such as plasters
  • Anti-histamines – especially for those summer months

Ensure you are up to date with all your immunisations, especially:

  • Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR)
  • Meningitis ACWY (this is a free NHS vaccine for students under 25)
  • Diptheria, Tetanus and Polio

Please bring a vaccination history if possible – you can get this from your current GP or find it in your childhood record book. The health centre can provide information about vaccinations at registration if you are unsure.

Bring a supply of any current medication you are taking to last you the first few weeks, and make an appointment to see the Dr in plenty of time to prevent you from running out!

During your first week

Register with us during your first week here – you’ll find details inside your Welcome Guide.

Take care of yourself

  • have plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables
  • eat three meals a day
  • get adequate sleep to help you fight off any Freshers coughs and colds

Limit your alcohol intake

  • men- 3-4 units per day or less (1 pint standard lager = 2 units)
  • women- 2-3 units per day or less (1 standard spirit measure = 1 unit)
  • try and have at least 1 alcohol free night a week

The Cripps Health Centre is open Monday – Friday – 8am – 6.30pm, with late evening appointments on a Monday and Saturday morning appointments during term time. For any advice or assistance outside of these hours please call 111 which is an NHS telephone service.

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