Flu Outbreak Can Lead to Unhealthy Economy
When we're not healthy, neither is the economy. The flu outbreak means that fewer people are out spending... and more employees are staying home.
Businesses are getting slammed with increased health care costs, widespread employee absences and something that's hard to quantify: decreased productivity.
During an average year, the flu typically costs U.S. businesses about $10.4 billion.
This year has been anything but average. So far in Minnesota, 27 people have died... more than 1100 have been hospitalized.
- Minn. Flu Deaths this Season Rise to 127
- Flu-Related Hospitalizations in Minn. Decrease
- Minn. Forum Set Up to Help Ease Vaccine Shortages
- LIST: What You Need to Know About this Year's Flu
- Minn. Records Show 15 More Flu-Related Deaths
- Students Return to Dorm Life and Flu Risks
- FDA Approves New Flu Vaccine
- 60 New Flu Minn. Deaths, FDA Approves New Vaccine
- Large Study Confirms Flu Vaccine Safe in Pregnancy
- Some Minn. Clinics Out of Flu Vaccine