Americans Miss 100 Million Work Days During Flu Season

A study on the effects of influenza on Americans’ everyday lives and the economy revealed that the last flu season resulted in 100 million lost work days. Influenza also resulted in $7 billion in lost wages and 32 million missed school days.

These findings from the Walgreens Flu Impact Report stressed the effects of the flu and how it can affect everyone, from missed work days, lost income and even parenting challenges. Aside from having to take care of someone when influenza hits, it is the nature of something unscheduled that is causing problems.

Kermit Crawford, Walgreens president of pharmacy, health and wellness. stressed the importance of a flu shot, saying:

“When it comes to the flu and your own personal calendar, there’s no planning for the many things it could impact. Immunization rates have climbed and last season more than 40 percent of the U.S. population received flu shots. This report helps to reinforce the importance of getting a flu shot and how that small step toward protection can provide peace of mind when it comes to other important aspects of our lives.”

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), on average 13 percent of the US population gets the flu every year, with active flu seasons seeing this go to as high as 20 percent or more than 62 million Americans.

Are you ready for the flu season?