10/29/2014 01:30 pm ET Updated Oct 29, 2014

Who Stays Home When the Kids Are Sick?

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Flu season is upon us. From November to March, an estimated five to 20 percent of U.S. residents—or 16 to 63 million Americans—will get the flu. One study estimates that the flu leads to $16.3 billion in lost earnings each year.

American workers who have children not only have to worry about missing work when they are ill, but also when their kids get sick. A sick child can often mean having to call into work to take a day off, which matters a lot to the 59 percent of married couples with children in the U.S. who report both parents working.

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