Cold and flu season is an especially important time to take precautions such as the flu shot, but in reality, you can develop illnesses from cold and flu viruses at any time of year. And moving cross-country could raise your risk for a couple of reasons, such as stress, exhaustion, and using public restrooms.
Here are some tips to help you reduce exposure and susceptibility to cold and flu viruses during a long-distance move.
1. Monitor Outbreaks
On a cross-country move, you could end up passing through or even spending the night in several different large cities in multiple states. Check the CDC’s Current Outbreaks List page before your move to see if any notable outbreaks of illness exist in any areas you’re planning to pass through.
If a bad outbreak of flu or some other transmissible illness is occurring in any one spot along your route, you may be able to change your route to avoid it.