Published: Nov. 20, 2019

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The end of the semester is almost here, and that means it’s also cold and flu season. While the final stretch of the semester can be stressful, it may seem worse when we aren’t feeling our best. If you get sick this season, here are some tips to help you feel better fast. 

Get expert advice

CU Boulder Medical Services has a 24/7 nurse line that can help you determine if you should be seen by a health care professional for your illness. They can also provide at-home remedies and tips for self-care. Call 303-492-5101 to get connected with a nurse.

If you need to be seen, you can visit Wardenburg Health Center on central campus or the Health and Wellness Clinic in the Village Center at Will Vill. Make an appointment by calling 303-492-5432 or online through the MyCUHealth portal.

Stay home

Sharing isn’t always caring, especially when it comes to being sick. Protect yourself and others by staying home when you aren’t feeling well. This is the best way to avoid sharing and spreading germs with your friends and classmates. If you need to miss class, be sure to reach out to your professors in advance to coordinate make-up options.


Make sleep a priority when you aren’t feeling well. Aim to get at least 7-9 hours of sleep each night, and don’t feel bad if you need to work in a 20 minute power nap during the day. Getting in extra z’s can help support your immune system.

Stay hydrated

Illness can often cause dehydration. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids to keep your immune system going and prevent your symptoms from getting worse. Keep a water bottle by your bed and set reminders on your phone to make sure you’re drinking throughout the day. If your throat needs soothing, try drinking tea or broth as well.

Stock up on supplies

If you need cold and flu supplies, you can stop by Wardenburg Health Center to get everything you need. Health Promotion provides free care samples, including hand sanitizer, teas, tissues, cough drops, reusable thermometers and gargling salt. If you are in it for the long haul and need full-size options, the Apothecary pharmacy has a number of over-the-counter medications and remedies available.

Follow these tips and you’ll be feeling better in no time. In case of a life-threatening emergency, call 911 or visit the nearest emergency room for care.

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