It’s that time of year once again — Flu Season. Chances are that you, a family member, a colleague or a friend has caught the influenza bug going around this year, and it likely wasn’t fun. Truck drivers have one of the most important jobs in the country, and that is why we need to take extra precautions this season to stay as healthy as we can.
Here are a few easy steps you can take to avoid flu germs this winter.
1) Get a flu shot. This is the number one method for preventing the flu. While reports state the flu shot does not match up as well as hoped to the most common flu strains this year, the shot has the ability to lessen the effects if you do contract the flu by building antibodies.
2) Sanitize. Keep hand sanitizer available in your truck for use after customer or public interactions. Also, keep a container of antibacterial wipes available for wiping down your driving space. Don’t forget to sanitize items you touch often – a cell phone, steering wheel, radio dials.
3) Hydrate. Keep a large, re-usable water bottle in your truck. They more hydrated you are, the more likely you are to stay healthy. Tea is another great flu-fighting beverage.
4) Eat well. We cannot over-emphasize the importance of getting enough nutrients and protein into your body.
5) Sleep. Shoot for eight hours of shuteye every night. Give your body the rest it needs.
6) Avoid. Try to avoid contact with sick people. Stay aware of any interactions you may have had with germs, and take care of yourself accordingly.
Inevitably, no matter how careful we are, some of us will end up with the flu this year. In that case, prevent the spread of germs, relieve your symptoms and get back on the road quickly by:
Continuing to hydrate your body
Taking vitamins. Vitamin C helps your body fight infection and zinc helps relieve symptoms faster
Coughing/sneezing into a tissue to avoid spreading germs
Washing your hands often.
Visiting the doctor. If your symptoms persist, make an appointment with your health care provider.
As always, you are the captain of your own ship and if you feel under the weather please contact Operations. For more information on flu prevention, visit www.FLU.gov.