$30 for a flu shot: An outrage or a bargain?

Published on January 23, 2013 at 6:03 AM · No Comments

The Los Angeles Times looks at the economics of producing a successful flu vaccine each year. And Reuters explores what may be on the horizon to improve those immunizations.

Los Angeles Times: Why Does A Flu Shot Cost So Much?
Among the long list of reasons the fearful give for reasons they're not getting a flu shot … there's one that relates more closely to economics: cost. For while doctors urge everyone to get a flu shot, flu shots, like many other things in life, are not free. Stop by your local CVS or Walgreens and you'll shell out $30 or so for the pleasure of getting poked by a needle behind a suggestion of a curtain. So why aren't flu shots free, or nearly free? After all, they've been around for a while, and there's a lot of demand -- isn't it about time flu shots cost the same as, say generic Tylenol? If only, says Curtis Allen, a spokesman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The real question should probably be -- why does the flu shot cost so little? (Semuels, 1/21).

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