Have you gotten a flu shot yet? Why not?

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Updated Nov 13, 2014
flu 2Healthcare Triage’s Dr. A.E. Carroll

It’s a simple question: “Are you getting a flu shot this year?”

The nation’s leading healthcare agency says the answer should be, to use serious medical jargon, a “no brainer.”

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention says everyone over the age of 6 months — with only a few exceptions — should be vaccinated every year.

And, now is the time to do it. The months of December through February are peak flu season, and also a time when you may be most susceptible to catching the flu.

Whether you get a shot, there are a few things you can do to reduce your chances of enduring five or six days complaining of a fever, headache, sore throat, muscle aches runny or stuffy nose and spending more time in the bathroom that you wish. To help dodge the flu, the CDC suggests:

* Stay away from sick people (another “no brainer”)
* Wash your hands often
* Stay home if you are sick
* Cover your nose and mouth if you cough or sneeze
* Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
* Be smart and get as much sleep as you can, drink plenty of fluids, eat properly and try your best to avoid stressful situations.

These are not necessarily easy things for anyone to do, let alone a truck driver whose life on the road already presents plenty of wellness challenges.

Just do your best.

And, watch this video with Dr. A.E. Carroll from Healthcare Triage.