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Companies that provide access to flu shots for their employees may be helping their bottom line too.

Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh said the earlier companies get their employees vaccinated the better.

Workers who get vaccinated are less likely to call out sick.

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The researchers found that getting an employee immunized in November instead of December can save an employer between $63 and $95 per person. Vaccinating an entire firm of 150 employees earlier could save a business between $9,450 and $14,250.

Data to support the findings came from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Labor. The findings were presented at the American Public Health Association's 138th meeting in Denver this week.

"Employers have huge incentives to solve this widespread public health problem with timely vaccination," Rachel Bailey, the study's lead researcher said in a statement. "Even though workplace vaccination may appear expensive, the cost savings provided by preventing influenza-associated absenteeism with vaccination programs early in the influenza season more than compensates."

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