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How to cut down on sick days during flu season

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Flu season is officially here, with some 7.3 million cases diagnosed, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report issued Jan. 11. Between 69,000 and 84,000 people have already been hospitalized.

While it is difficult for the CDC to predict flu severity, the staffing firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas estimates absences due to influenza could cost employers more than $17 billion in lost productivity this season.

To limit that cost, workplaces nationwide should start preparing for the possibility of flu-related absences and take precautions to limit infections. The CDC says the key is advising employees to receive flu vaccines.

Online resource Find CDC influenza resources for employers at www.cdc.gov/flu/business/index.htm.

Last year’s flu season sickened nearly 49 million people, 32.5 million of whom were over the age of 25, according to the CDC’s age breakdown of flu infections for the 2017-18 sea...(register to read more)

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