Concern over an Ebola breakout in the U.S. is spreading like the flu in winter. Unlike the Ebola situation, where little is known, flu season is approaching, and it will extract a price for employers.

Each flu season is distinct. The Centers for Disease Control says there's no way to predict what the 2014-2015 flu season will bring, but it does offer steps to limit the toll it will take. Vaccination is highly recommended by the CDC.

When employees agree to be vaccinated against the flu, the potential for sick days and related medical expenses is greatly reduced, reports Healthentic. The company offers "population health solutions" to employers to help contain the spread of diseases like the flu and thus the cost to the employer.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.