Look after yourself
When you first start at university you are meeting a lot of new people and are therefore at a higher risk of certain diseases.
It is worth checking with your GP that t you are up to date on all your vaccinations.
You may have been offered this in year 13 but if not you can have this up until you are 25 years old.
The MenACWY vaccine protects against 4 different causes of meningitis and septicaemia: meningococcal (Men) A, C, W and Y diseases. This would be best to have before you start uni, but better late than never! Contact your doctor for more information and to book.
It is advised that students at Universities and colleges have the MMR vaccine also before starting their studies. This will help with protection from mumps, measles and rubella. Most children in the UK have had two doses but do check you are up to date.
It is recommended that if you have asthmas or kidney disease that you get the annual flu jab. Many doctors have drop in sessions in the Autumn term. Again ask at your local health centre for information.
You can visit any doctor sexual health service for free contraception including condoms. You can speak to a doctor or nurse in complete confidence but if you would rather, you can visit a sexual health clinic. Find the nearest one here – www.nhs.uk/service-search/other-services/Sexual-health-information-and-support/LocationSearch/734
You can also get help from the walk in centre and many pharmacies now provide the morning after pill and contraceptive advice.
Stay safe and healthy – always protect yourself.
If you don’t look after yourself you make yourself more susceptible to illness. So try to have a healthy diet at least some of the time and get enough sleep! This is particularly good advice when you have exams coming up.
Try to eat 3-5 portions of fruit and veg a day and choose wholemeal bread and pasta. There are lots of cooking apps that can help – check out the free Easy Meals app for ideas and inspiration.
Exercise is also important for a healthy body. This doesn’t have to be a nightmare trip to the gym, cycling, walking and dancing are good forms of exercise. There are several lovely parks around and some of them have the outside gym equipment. There are also good classes and equipment available at the university sports centre.