Hey germaphobe, I’ve got some news for you…

Elaina Mancuso—Fall has arrived in Brockport! In addition to changing leaf colors, pumpkin spice everything, and cozy sweaters, cold and flu season presents itself. At some point, you will most likely succumb to the sickness. The reality of college is that residence halls and classrooms are crawling with germs. And actually, I’ve heard a few people refer to the campus as a petri dish… yum.

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Unsurprisingly, I’ve already had my first cold of the semester. And just as I’m recovering, my fellow classmates are suffering through it (sorry, guys!). Even though I abide by my elementary school librarian’s catchy song, I wish others knew it. It goes a little somethin’ like this: When you cough or sneeeeze, think of others pleeeaaase, covvvver your mouth—ACHOO!

The good news to combating colds is that our campus takes preventive measures to keeping us healthy. Hand sanitizer is strategically located near entryways, and a box of tissues can almost always be found in a classroom. Another important part of prevention is vaccination, and we’ve already had our first flu shot clinic last week. The next day to get a free flu shot is from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 1 in the Union Ballroom.

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On the flip side of healthy, if and when we do find ourselves sniffly and wishing our moms were closer to take care of us, we can head to Hazen Hall, a.k.a. the student health center. You can visit Hazen during walk-in hours or make an appointment. FYI- There are no costs associated with a visit to Hazen because we pay a campus health center fee and are mandated to have insurance or buy it through the school.

If you’re looking for cold relief, they have handy-dandy cold kits, complete with Vitamin C, cough drops, and suggestions to alleviating symptoms. I picked a few of these up the day I felt my cold coming on!

However, if you find yourself with a more serious illness, such as bronchitis, strep throat, or whatever the heck you may be battling, Hazen is where it’s at. The friendly medical staff will diagnosis you and send you away with a brown paper bag of get-better-soon goodies and, if need be, a prescription (Wegmans Pharmacy offers free delivery).

If you find yourself down and out, my remedy for you is to make some soup and stay in (*disclaimer: that is not medical advice, just trying not to get sick again..). If you’re looking to avoid the down and out-ness, there’s ways to be on the outside of the petri dish, and I long for your rugged immune system.

Want to know more about the services Hazen has to offer? Check out their website.

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As a fourth-year student, Elaina has survived strep throat, bronchitis, and several other illnesses at Brockport. When sick, she enjoys getting plenty of rest, eating oranges, and slurping chicken noodle soup.

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