Truckers Fund offers free vaccines for drivers
The St. Christopher’s Fund, the Owner Operators Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) and the National Association of Independent Truckers (NAIT), are working together to provide truck drivers with vouchers for receiving free shingles, flu or pneumonia vaccinations.
The vouchers can be redeemed at Kroger pharmacy, Little Clinic or Walgreens. Download vouchers here.
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Truck Drivers Health Study
Did you know that nearly 1,700 long-haul truck drivers showed signs of ‘chronic disease risk factors’ in long-haul drivers, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, smoking, physical inactivity and sleep duration? 88 percent of the drivers surveyed said they had at least one risk factor — high-blood pressure, smoking, obesity, etc. — for chronic disease, compared to 54 percent of the general U.S. adult working population.
A total of 1670 long-haul drivers were surveyed for the study at truck stops around the country. Of those, 64.5 percent reported being company drivers, while 35.5 reported being owner-operators. More than 60 percent were between the ages of 40 and 59, and 17 percent were between 30-39. Another 14.8 percent were between 60 and 69.
PTSD increasing among truck drivers
Involvement in or witnessing fatal accidents takes its toll on drivers.
Long-haul truckers are increasing exposed to a variety trauma often leading to more serious mental-health issues. Even more tragic is that the demands of the job often mean they have trouble accessing the care they need. Whether a driver is directly involved in a fatal accident or just a witness to one, the effects can be devastating.