It’s that time of the year again — the time when coughing and sniffling echoes across the office and plagues the outside world as influenza begins rearing its ugly head once again.
As of right now, though, there’s a chance we won’t know just how bad flu season is. That’s because the federal employees at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who track and monitor the virus have been furloughed.
And while the vaccine is already widely available across the country, there’s more downside from the government shutdown. According to NBC News, the CDC also won’t have the employees to “tell whether this year’s flu strains are susceptible to antiviral drugs” … or “say whether the 135 million doses of vaccine already produced this year are a good match for circulating strains of the virus.”
However, while governmental agencies have their hands tied, publicly traded companies are at the ready. These firms all do their best to get us through the season, from preventive vaccines to treatments if you come down with the virus. Let’s take a look at some of them.