According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), only 42 percent of US adults ages 18 and older received the flu vaccine in the 2015–16 flu season. This is just one example of US adults’ not receiving vaccinations at recommended levels, which can lead to avoidable costs of doctor visits, hospitalizations, and lost productivity.
A new study, being released as a Web First by Health Affairs, sought to calculate the annual economic burden of diseases associated with 10 vaccines that protect against 14 different pathogens and are recommended by the CDC for adults. According to the authors, in 2015 the economic burden was $8.95 billion, and unvaccinated people were responsible for almost 80 percent of that burden ($7.1 billion).
The exhibit below shows the dollar amounts attributable to the different pathogens. Authors Sachiko Ozawa, Allison Portnoy, Hiwote Getaneh, Samantha Clark, Maria Knoll, David Bishai, H. Keri Yang, and Pallavi D. Patwardhan used various nationwide databases, literatures, and developed a model, detailed in the study, to arrive at their calculation of the economic burden.
Visit, healthaffairs.org/blog for more study details.