Flu-like illness a big cost to families

Respiratory viral infections cost families an average of $626 each time their child falls sick, Australian research shows.

A study of 381 children during the 2010 winter found influenza-like illnesses cost $406 in carer time off work, $102 in healthcare visits and $118 for other costs such as medications.

The average time off work for parents was 13 hours plus three hours missed recreation time.

Writing in the journal Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses, the