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CDC: flu costs U.S. employers $10.4 billion

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The flu has been spreading fiercely across the United States.

Alabama is one of 24 states reporting high levels of flu and flu-like illnesses and is one of 41 where the virus is widespread.  That will cost employers and businesses big time.

The Centers for Disease Control says the seasonal flu will cost businesses nearly $10.5 billion in direct costs for hospitalizations and outpatient visits for adults.  That number does not even include such costs as sick pay, work delays and lost productivity.

The CDC recommends everyone six months old and older get vaccinated.

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