The new academic term is a time for meeting fresh faces, getting to grips with new timetables… and freshers’ flu. But are you sure that’s what your flu-like symptoms are?
Students sometimes miss the signs of a much more serious illness known as meningitis because its symptoms are similar to that of freshers’ flu – the collective coughs, fevers and viruses caught during your first few weeks at university.
Meningitis is rare – but can be life threatening. Students are at more risk of it because they often live in close proximity to one another.
So if you’re heading to university this month, make sure you know the signs.