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Students should prioritize their health

Students should prioritize their health

February 27
14:00 2018

Getting shots freaks me out. And I have seven piercings.

There’s just something unsavory about the thought of a spindly, feeble, metal tube puncturing my skin and injecting liquid into my flesh, even when taking into consideration that it might save my life. Have y’all ever thought about the doctor tripping and snapping the needle off inside you? Okay, just me then.

But as scary as it is, I’m going to keep getting the flu shot, and so should you — especially if you’re a college student.

College campuses are notorious breeding grounds for germs, especially during the flu season. Places like classrooms, gyms, restrooms and dorms — places where you are in close proximity with others — are some of the best facilitators of germ spreading. Those automatic hand sanitizer dispensers are simply no match for the amount of germs covering every inch of a public university.

Look, I know you don’t want to hear it, but don’t go to class if you’re sick. You are just making it harder on yourself. Dismissing an illness can exacerbate it, and you’re actually putting other people at risk if you’re contagious, Coughy McSneezy.

As students, it’s tempting to try and just power through sickness because we don’t want to deal with the consequences: missing assignments, missing a paycheck, medical expenses, etc. But I’m telling you, you have to make your wellbeing your top priority.

Just a few weeks ago in Britain, a guy ruptured his throat when attempting to stifle a sneeze. I didn’t even know that was possible. You see what happens when you don’t listen to your body?

Poor eating habits, lack of sleep and stress all weaken the immune system. Needless to say, a typical college student experiences these struggles any given day of the week and twice on Sunday.

We have a higher risk for illness already, we don’t need to make things worse by intentionally ignoring it.

The flu isn’t messing around this year. A Fort Worth man recently contracted a case of pneumonia and the flu, which resulted in the amputation of his feet and nine of his fingers.

I’m not asking for a lot. I’m not saying you should radically change your diet and like, regularly exercise, or whatever. I haven’t stepped inside a gym since last year (and I don’t mean December). Just go to the doctor when you feel bad, alright?

You can’t wish the flu away, even though prominent televangelists may say otherwise, so do yourself a solid and get the flu vaccine. Future, non-sick you will be like, “Wow, look at all this air flowing freely and uninhibited through my nostrils, look at all this bodily health and mobility. Thanks, past me.”

Featured Image: Illustration by Gabby Evans

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