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Flu costs US $16.3 billion in lost earnings each year
Lost productivity and loss of life due to influenza amounts to $16.3 billion of lost earnings annually.
Molinari N, Ortega-Sanchez I, Messonnier M, Thompson W, et al. The Annual Impact of Seasonal Influenza in the U.S.: Measuring disease burden and costs. Vaccine. 2007; 25: 5086-96. http://download.thelancet.com/flatcontentassets/H1N1-flu/epidemiology/epidemiology-14.pdf