ANCHOR LEAD: It's the time of year many people will be coughing and sneezing… and still going to work. Brian Osuch finds out why many people refuse to call in sick. (:60)
SCRIPT: Health Care Now, I'm Brian Osuch. Cold and flu season is well underway. IMS Health Flu Activation Network reports over 44 million Americans have already been affected by symptoms this season. Registered Nurse and Vicks Spokesperson Nurse Barb Dehn recommends taking a sick day to limit spreading the virus. But, a recent survey found many workers are hesitant to do so during cold, cough and flu season.
CUT: (Nurse Barb) The Fourth Annual Vicks Global Cold and Flu Survey, found 44.9% of consumers cite work pressures as a leading motive to not take a sick day. Financial concerns and fear of falling behind were other reasons.
SCRIPT: But, there are some things you can do during cold a flu season…
CUT: (Nurse Barb) To limit the spread of the virus keep antiseptic wipes with you and remember to wash your hands frequently. Many of my patients feel that being sick really inhibits their ability to go about their day-to-day lives. I recommend getting plenty of rest, drinking enough fluids and taking a multi-symptom medicine, like DayQuil Severe, which will help you power through your cold and flu symptoms and get you back to feeling like yourself.
SCRIPT: For more, log onto Vicks.com. That's Health Care Now from Vicks.
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