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Colds cost businesses €1.5bn

COLD and flu illnesses are the main reason cited for 'sick days' which cost Irish businesses approximately €1.5bn a year.

The research from Boots Ireland found that there were on average 2.97 million incidences of cold and flu a month, which equates to nearly nine million cases over the season. The flu vaccine is available in 64 of its pharmacies across the country.