Flu Makes Mark on Businesses

By: Tametria Conner Email
By: Tametria Conner Email

The flu season is in full swing with outbreaks in eleven states, including Mississippi.

Research reveals, every year the flu infects up to 20 percent of the population, causes the hospitalization of 200,000 people and kills 26,000 people.

Last week the flu hit Meridian Public Schools the hardest and now some Lauderdale County schools are starting to see significant increases in the number of students out with the flu this week.

Northeast Lauderdale High School reported 90 students and six teachers out with the flu Monday. Forty-eight students were absent at West Lauderdale Elementary.

Students were returning Monday at Northwest Junior High in Meridian, but there were still 75 students absent. Kate Griffin Junior High reported 45 students absent Monday, with some students returning as well.

And now the flu is spreading to the workforce. Manpower Employment Agency is one of the businesses that have been hit.

Calls have been coming in from supervisors reporting several Manpower workers have been absent with the flu. Manpower officials estimate they're missing nearly 25 percent of employees.

"It's happening a lot in the industrial force, but also the telemarketing that we have going on," said staffing specialist Gina Wall. "Probably because they're at a call center and talking a lot and are really close to each other so that's probably when they get pretty contagious. They can get it from each other pretty easily."

In the meantime, Manpower staffers are taking matters into their own hands to prevent the spread of the flu around the office.

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