The leaves are changing colour and there’s a chill in the air, both signs of fall being in full-swing and the dreadful arrival of everybody’s favourite time of year – flu season.
It goes without saying that if you have a cold, cover your mouth by coughing or sneezing into your elbow. This will help to prevent the spread of germs to those in your immediate vicinity. Wash your hands before you eat and after you’ve used the restroom. Take note of the numerous hand sanitizing stations located around the campus, and take the opportunity to kill as many harmful germs on your hands as possible. Most importantly, if you’re feeling ill, just stay home and get as much rest as possible. This is a good idea for two reasons: you will feel better much faster, and you will not spread your germs to your classmates. You can always ask a classmate to send you the notes if you’re that concerned about missing class!
If you’re prone to feeling under the weather, hopefully you had the chance to drop by the main level of the ASU’s Students Center to get your flu shot. If you were unable to visit the flu clinic, there are still plenty of options available to you to ensure that you stay healthy this upcoming winter season. You can book an appointment at the Acadia Student Health Clinic online, over the phone, or in person. There are also several off-campus options such as the Mudd Creek Medical Co-op located on Elm Avenue and the Eastern Kings Memorial Community Health Centre located on Earnscliffe Avenue.
The Acadia Student Health Clinic is open Monday through Friday at 9:00am, their entrance located on the west side of Dennis House. The clinic also offers appointments with nurses who can address a wide variety of concerns such as morning after pills, sexual healthy questions, pregnancy tests, STI testing, travel vaccine injections, and other injections such as B12 and Gardasil. The clinic is available to any Acadia student who wishes to take the necessary precautions to be healthy and happy. For any other questions, the clinic can be contacted at: (902) 585-1238.