Flu is Expensive: Unvaccinated Adults Cost the US Over $7 Billion, Study Finds

Flu is Expensive: Unvaccinated Adults Cost the US Over $7 Billion, Study Finds

US 03:02 15.10.2016

An analysis conducted by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found that out of $8.95 billion spent on vaccine-preventable diseases in adults in 2015, unvaccinated adults accounted for $7.1 billion of the bill.

The study, which was published in the Health Affairs journal, was authored by Associate Professor Sachiko Ozawa, who led a team of researchers at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Ozawa and her team studied 10 vaccines that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended, focusing on the cost of medication, the value of time lost while seeking care and the cost of inpatient and outpatient care. 

The vaccines studied treat the herpes zoster virus that causes shingles, human papillomavirus, hepatitis A and B, influenza, mumps, rubella, measles, pneumococcal disease, tetanus, meningococcal disease, pertussis, chickenpox and diphtheria.

The flu virus was 2015’s most costly, totaling around $5.8 billion in health care costs and lost productivity, with the CDC estimating that 42% of adults in the US received the vaccine during that year’s flu season. Pneumonia and meningitis both had associated costs of nearing $1.9 billion, with $782 million going to herpes zoster.

Ozawa told UNC News, “We believe our estimates are conservative and highlight the potential economic benefit of increasing adult immunization coverage and the value of vaccines.”

“We hope our study will spur creative health care policies that minimize the negative spillover effects from people choosing not to be vaccinated while still respecting patients’ right to make informed choices,” she added.

Researchers found that lost productivity only accounted for about 5% of the cost of unvaccinated people to the US economy, with 95% going to inpatient and outpatient care.

Vaccine manufacturer Merck funded the study.

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  • uhm

    Looks like they’re gearing up to fool the adult goy into accepting draconian bills in an attempt to force flu vaccination. This will come in the form of economic penalties where by you’ll be forced to pay out in numerous ways if you don’t have a flu vaccine and you’ll likely not be accepted for employment etc. The truth of the matter is that most flu symptom epidemics tend to not show up until the vaccination period starts and this is why there’s usually a delay in flu issues when their is a delay or low stocks of vaccination. Now look at at the vaccination documentation and notice you should be quarantined for up to twenty-eight days after a jab. Did you? Or did you mix with everyone else and go out to work and school? Start to connect the dots and then you’ll see the true reasons for the economic hit each Winter. This winter could be even worse if George H.W Scherff (Bushfraud) releases the H5N1 or the D225G (testing in Ukraine and it’s lethal like you cannot imagine). Never forget how Baxter attempted to spread live Avian flu in a batch of H1N1 vaccinations until it was caught out.

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