Stay Healthy, Get a Flu Shot!
It’s the time of year again where we all have to start thinking about preparing for the onslaught of winter, which also means preparing for the onslaught of nasty things like colds and flu. In order to stay healthy this winter and to make sure you don’t lose work hours due to illness, you and your family need to get flu shots. They are quick, painless (really!), and inexpensive. In fact, sometimes flu shots are completely free, even if you don’t currently have insurance. Flu shots not only prevent flu and flu-like symptoms, but they can also help to fight the common cold or at least reduce the impact of a cold on your system should you catch one. Flu immunizations are very safe, despite the flawed views that some folks have regarding these types of preventive health measures. You put yourself, your co-workers, and your family at risk by not getting a flu shot. While some other diseases are getting the headlines these days, remember that the flu can be deadly. Influenza is responsible for killing as many as an estimated 49,000 people during a 30-year period tracked by the Centers for Disease Control. Even though the total is likely lower, you should consider that not getting a flu shot puts you at significant risk of getting a serious illness which can last for several days. Is the inconvenience worth it? Probably not.
Below, you can find out where you can get a flu shot – and a cute bandage like the one in the photo – in some of the more significant states where oilfield work is occurring:
Of course, those who are already gainfully employed in the oilfields will probably have access to flu shots via their employers. For those who are in the midst of an oilfield job hunt, if your state isn’t listed above, you can find clinics near you that are dispensing flu shots using the “flu shot finder” window displayed at left. Simply type in your present zip code to find flu clinics near you. Get a flu shot – and stay out of the hospital this winter!