For the past several days, I've been hearing lots of coughingand sneezing—and general discussions about fevers, vomiting and alot 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 andflu season—when a lot of sick peopledecide to come to work anyway. (An annual flu-season survey fromStaples finds that 53 percent of workers say they have gone to workwith the flu.)

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