Impact: About 63,000 deaths are attributed to the flu, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But in addition to saving lives, the influenza vaccine can also save companies money when the shot is administered to employees. Influenza is responsible for substantial indirect costs to business ($6.2 billion annually), mainly from lost productivity. Each year, among adults age 18 to 64 years, 17 million workdays are lost to influenza-related illness
, according to the CDC.
When it was discovered: The influenza virus was discovered in the early 1930s, and scientists developed a working vaccine by the 1940s, when it was first used on soldiers during World War II
, according to Time Magazine
. The flu vaccine is still made using eggs, the same way it was decades ago, but a new strain of the flu virus is targeted every year.
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