Salient. Newspaper of Victoria University of Wellington Students Association. Vol 41 No. 3. March 13 1978
The Common Cold will no doubt be familiar to one and all. A viral infection of the upper respiratory passages, it is spread by air, e.g. coughing and sneezing. It presents itself as a sore throat and swollen glands of the neck and leads to a running nose, sneezing and a temperature.
FLU is more severe and is usually of rapid onset. Symptoms of fever, chilly sensations, headache, generalized body aches and a cough. The temperature is generally higher.
The treatment for both these conditions can be instituted by you. If you're feeling lousy increase your rest. Have the room warm but well aired and stay indoors until your temperature is normal.
Drink plenty of fluids — about 4—6 pints a day, Cool drinks such as fruit juice, lemonade or cordial. Keep a jug by your bed.
Tissues are the most hygenic — dispose after one use. Soluable aspirin or disprin taken four-hourly will ease the headache and the pain, and reduce the temperature. A cough mixture may be needed.
With the flu, a feeling of weakness may lag on for some days after the initial onset and 3 days of feeling 'terrible'. The chest is usually more sore than with a cold.
If the condition persists with the development of coughing yellow or green sputum, ring for advice — you may need an antibiotic. If you're not sure ring Vivienne or Mairi at the Student Health Service, any time between 9 am. and 5 pm. for advice.
The flu injection is not needed by most of us. However, if you suffer from chronic bronchitis, asthma, some other respiratory or heart disorder, contact us at the Student Health and we will arrange for treatment.
Note. Fluids and aspirin should alleviate most symptoms dramatically.