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Slammed by the flu, businesses scramble to get work done

In this photo taken Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, Ashley Breinlinger, a senior vice president at BOCA Communications, works at her office desk in San Francisco.

This flu season has slammed many small businesses, weakening already thin staffing levels and forcing some owners to scramble to cover shifts or get the work done.  VIEW

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