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Report: Influenza Cost Employers $8.4 Billion Last Year

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - A new impact study crunches the numbers for last year’s flu season.

“Last year was the worst flu season in over a decade,” says Dr. Harry Leider, the Chief Medical Officer for Walgreens. “We in America lost 230 million days of work. Eleven million people had their vacations and holiday season significantly impacted by the flu…and kids lost 91 million school days.”

According to the Walgreens 2013 Flu Impact Report, the average employee lost three days of work in the 2013-2013 flu season due to influenza and 6.2 million missed a business trip.

The report found influenza cost employers $8.4 billion in lost production from employee sick days.

Leider says last year was so sad because the flu peaked early in December, before many people were immunized. He says it would be smart this year to get the flu shot before we begin seeing much influenza activity in the area.

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