FrugalDad.com's 'The Cost of the Flu' infographic is a well-organized analysis of the annual economic impact of the virus in the United States. According to the graph, up to 15% of the world's population gets infected with the flu a year, with a range of varied effects and risks often relative to the ill person.
The approximate cost to American insured individuals infected with the flu is $130, while uninsured citizens experience even greater costs. Flu season is officially November to March of every year, burdening not only individuals, but also businesses and the US economy. According to 'The Cost of the Flu,' the Center for Disease Control estimates a cost of $10.4 billion is spent on direct medical costs, while businesses lost approximately $16.3 billion.
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