Cold and flu season are making their way around again. As midterms wind down, stress levels can be higher than usual, leaving immune systems vulnerable. Jackalope spoke to, Anne-Marie Lehmann, certified nurse practitioner and school nurse, about prevention methods as well as what to do if one were to get sick. These were the five most emphasized pieces of advice from the nurse:
- Take Vitamin C. One Thousand milligrams a day will help support weakened or strained immune systems.
- Wash hands regularly.
- Get Enough Rest. Seven to nine hours of sleep will keep students healthy.
- Eat a well balanced diet full of fruits and vegetables.
- Realize the first symptoms of what may be a cold and go to the nurse within 24 hours.
Lehmann believes that chicken soup is magic, and provides it in her care packages for sick students. The care packages also include items like oatmeal and cough drops. The nurse thinks that students have the right to homeopathic medicines as well as pharmaceutical. If students are really sick, there is a room and a bed right next to Lehmann’s office. She also has humidifiers for students experiencing respiratory problems. She encourages students to come and visit her if they are not feeling well. The nurse’s office is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10 a.m to 6 p.m .