With cold weather comes snow, hot chocolate, warm blankets, and unfortunately for us, sickness. There are several things you can do to fight off illness without too much effort.
Always bundle up! This is important to remember. It seems so simple but we are all guilty of running to our car without a winter coat or just a sweatshirt on. The sweatshirt is not enough to fight off the cold and a quick run can still expose you to extreme temperature changes.
Eat right and take your vitamins. Simple enough, right? Ha! College diets do not normally contain the correct vitamins, let alone the recommended amounts. Vitamin C is one of the most important vitamins to maintain during the cold season. If you are an excessive orange juice drinker, you are excluded, but everyone else should consider taking a Vitamin C supplement during the Winter season. Always consult with your doctor before adding over the counter medicines or supplements to your diet.
Trust your instincts. If you have a tiny feeling of sickness coming on, it is important to pay attention to yourself. You’ve known yourself the longest and usually that feeling is right. Seeing a doctor early on can greatly reduce your absence from class, work, and weekend fun!
There are plenty of places close or even on campus that can help you with your questions or sickness. If you have an emergency please call 911.
PUSH (Purdue University Student Health Center):
Phone: (765) 494-1700
Address: 601 Stadium Mall Dr. West Lafayette, IN 47907
Hours of Operation:
– Medical Clinic: Mon. – Fri. 8:30am – 4:30pm
– Urgent Care: Mon. – Fri. 8 am – 8 pm, Sat. & Sun. 10 am – 6pm
Unity Immediate Care Center
Phone: (765) 446-1362
Address: 1321 Unity Place Lafayette, IN 47905 (Off of Creasy Lane)
Hours of Operation:
– 7 days a week: 8am – 8pm
– After hours visit a 24 hospital
IU Health Arnett (Main Hospital)
Phone: (765) 448-8000
Address: 5165 McCarty Lane Lafayette, IN 47905
Hours of Operation (Emergency Room):
– 7 days a week
– 24 hours a day
St. Elizabeth Hospitals
– Visit their website for hospital locations, phone numbers, and hours.
– Note: they have multiple locations