For the past several days, I've been hearing lots of coughing and sneezing—and general discussions about fevers, vomiting and a lot of other unpleasant symptoms I'd really rather not catch.

By the way, I'm at work.

Sound familiar? It's everyone's favorite time of year, cold and flu season — when a lot of sick people decide to come to work anyway. (An annual flu-season survey from Staples finds that 53 percent of workers say they have gone to work with the flu.)

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