The news of 18h – Influenza: the price of the vaccine almost doubled in a year


Being vaccinated against influenza is good for your health, but it is a little less for social security. In fact, this year the health insurance bill will almost double: 63 million euros this winter against 35 million euros last year.

This is explained by the vaccine itself, different because it has been enriched compared to that of 2017. Until now, it was composed of three inactivated influenza strains, two strains A and a strain B. It was said while the flu vaccine was trivalent . Today it is tetravalent, composed of four strains. Two strains A, as before, but two B. strains

The producers have added one for it follow the recommendations of the WHO, the World Health Organization. Because every year the composition of the vaccine is updated to follow the evolution of the virus. Only the addition of a strain in the vaccine increases production costs and therefore the bill. Last year, you had to pay at the pharmacy 6.20 euros to get a flu shot. Today it is almost double 11.13 euros.

This is not irrelevant to health insurance, because if the price of the vaccine increases, the number of French to be vaccinated remains the same. So this salty note that the organization will have to pay. But all is not lost because if this vaccine proved to be effective, it could very well avoid thousands of medical appointments.

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