Flu season is here – and it’s a brutal one at that. Reports say that this is the worst winter flu season in more than a decade. The following precautions may help to keep you healthy this season – or at least get better soon!
1. Stay Hydrated: Sometimes this can be a difficult one for drivers – the more you drink, the more you stop, and the more you waste when it comes to your time and money. Although drinking lots of fluids can be a bit of a time waster, it’s truly one of the most important things you can do to keep your body healthy!
2. Wash Your Hands: We’re serious! Wash your hands for 20 seconds, several times each day – and wipe down the areas you’re touching such as as your dash, steering wheel, and doorhandles with disinfectant.
3. Get A Flu Vaccination: Flu vaccinations are being highly recommended as a preventative measure. However, before investing the time and money to get vaccinated – you may want to consider the fact that it won’t guarantee you’ll be dodging the flu bullet. The flu vaccine is only 60% effective against the virus. If you do decide that the flu shot is a good option for you, they can be found at nearly any pharmacy.
4. Practice Social Distancing: Flu germs spread like wildfire – and have the ability to spread up to 6 feet from the original cough or sneeze that sent them flying. One of the most effective ways to avoid the virus is practicing social distancing. Avoid those that you know are sick with the flu and stay away from crowds of people – this might not be too hard for most drivers!
5. Stay Out Of The Doctor’s Office: If you do happen to get the flu, there’s not much that the doctors can do for you – what you need to get over the bug is rest, fluids, and time. However, if you’re experiencing difficulty breathing, chest pain, severe nausea/vomiting or a worsened cough – you should go to the ER immediately.
Is there anything that you’ve found particularly effective when it comes to battling the flu? We’d love to hear about it!