An ounce of prevention will help this cold season

It’s that time of year again. Cold and flu season is in effect, and germs are being spread back and forth throughout Florida A&M University.

It is extremely important that students take care of themselves, especially during this time of year. There are a number of preventive methods students can take to protect themselves from common illnesses that may prevent them from fulfilling their scholarly and extracurricular obligations.

If you don’t do it for yourself, do it for your classmates and those with whom you come into contact on a daily basis. Have you noticed that everyone seems to get sick around the same time? It may have something to do with the sharing of computers and other equipment in classrooms or the fact that many students spend a lot of time in closed quarters.

The crazy changes in Tallahassee’s weather have also been proven to be problematic when it comes to maintaining good health. A lot of students parade around campus in flip-flops and short-sleeved shirts in cooler winter because “it doesn’t get cold in Florida.” Some of these same students later end up in the Foote-Hilyer health clinic or at the Walgreen’s pharmacy looking for medical assistance. Forget trying to look cool or prove how hard you are, layer up and do what you have to do to stay healthy.

Another thing students can do is take advantage of the health benefits provided by the university. This week, flu shots will be offered to FAMU students for a mere $10. Being sick is not fun, and if you can prevent it, you should. It’s well worth the time and effort.

Tauheedah Shukriyyah Asad for the Editorial Board.