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Dorm Life: How to Avoid Catching a Cold

With finals fast approaching and cold season gearing up, you really want to do all you can to avoid catching a cold. Dorm life, with its jolly communal living, is full of opportunities for you to pick up an unwanted bug. According to WebMD, there are a few things you can do to cut down on your risk of catching a cold. Here are the highlights:

  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly to prevent the spread of bacteria.
  • Keep your immune system working at its peak by getting plenty of sleep, eating a nutritious diet, and avoiding stress.
  • Avoid taking on more work than you can handle. Chronic stress is a known immune buster.
  • Get a flu shot. Most college campuses have inexpensive flu vaccines available for students and faculty members soon after school starts in the fall.

I know it has been a long time since I have lived in a dorm, but getting plenty of sleep, eating a nutritious diet and avoiding stress seems more than a little difficult in those circumstances. To keep your immune system in tip top shape this cold and flu (and finals) season you really do need to take care of yourself, at least give it the "old college try."

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