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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at JMU chapter.

Heading back to school is great because you get to spend time with friends you haven’t seen all summer. But, you know what’s not great? The germs that come along with surrounding yourself with people. It’s no coincidence that most students get sick in the beginning of each semester. Catching a cold may seem inevitable when it happens to everyone around you, but it can be prevented with these simple steps.


Make Vitamin C Your New BFF

My favorite Vitamin C supplements are by Emergen-C. Incorporate this supplement into your daily routine and your body will thank you later.


Stay Hydrated

Drinking lots of water is great for restoring your body.


Catch Some Zzz’s

Getting enough sleep is crucial for your body to retore itself.


Carry Hand Sanitizer Around With You

This may seem a bit excessive, but trust me, it does wonders for your health. I like to keep Bath & Body Works hand sanitizer in my backpack so I can apply it whenever I eat or after class if I know someone around me was sick.


Disinfectant Wipes!

If your roommate or someone on your hall is sick, make sure to wipe down any surfaces that may have come in contact with. This will help to stop the germs from spreading.


If you follow these steps you are very likely to avoid the dreaded back to school plague.

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School of Media Arts and Design student with a concentration in Interactive Design. Campus Correspondent for the JMU chapter of Her Campus, Campus Coordinator for Rent the Runway on Campus, and Social Media Marketing Intern for Auntie Anne's.