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    The number you quote is a number generated by an interest group, using very broad parameters, to create a dollar number that can then be used to grab headlines. Every interest group and candidate for office does it.

    Again, calling in sick to work isn't the end of the world, or at least shouldn't be considered such.

    •  LOL - WHO is an interest group??? (1+ / 0-)
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      That's a new one. What are they selling? World health?

      Look, as Daniel Patrick Moynahan used to say, you can have your own opinion but you can't have your own facts.

      A strong case can be made for flu shots, and it's current world policy to encourage them. As a matter of interest, poor countries like Indonesia are fighting the current system (they provide virus, industrial companies make vaccine, and sell it to poor countries at prices they cannot afford), and WHO is assisting with and mediating those negotiations. Some interest group.

      "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

      by Greg Dworkin on Sun Feb 22, 2009 at 09:40:38 AM PST

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    •  Calling in sick (0+ / 0-)

      for many workers means lost income that then affects their ability to pay their bills and care for their children, especially for young families who already are stretched thin.

      It's also worth noting that if a 6 year old gets the flu, a parent has to stay home with her (can't send them school or daycare) for 4-5 days... and THEN, inevitably, at least one parent will get sick, so you're looking at 10 days of illness, not 2.

      And that's for a mild flu. Sometimes flu will be multiple weeks of dragging, nasty, lingering illness.

      Multiply if you have more kids.

      Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

      by elfling on Sun Feb 22, 2009 at 02:58:43 PM PST

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