How much would a flu shot save you, ?

Published: Fri, 11/11/16

How Much Would a Flu Shot Save You?

My role as a Daily Money Manager has me researching varied ways to save my clients money—from simple things like reviewing phone and cable plans to bigger issues like refinancing and downsizing options.

At a recent training workshop, I learned that the lack of vaccinations is estimated to cost the American people $15.3 billion. It never really dawned on me how much money NOT getting a flu shot costs me either directly on medication and doctor visits, or indirectly through lost wages and discomfort.  

In addition to the flu vaccine, three other vaccinations are recommended for adults over 65 years of age, but might also benefit those under 65 and are worth discussing with your doctor. They include:
  • Shingles or herpes zoster vaccine — if you know anyone who has developed shingles, you know how debilitating it can be. The healthcare cost of treating shingles is estimated at $1 billion a year.
  • Tdap — while many of us with kids still in the household are familiar with this vaccination, only 16% of adults over 65 have gotten it. My son received the vaccination that includes vaccines for tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis but did contract whooping cough. It was awful in a 13-year-old, but apparently, it’s even more devastating for adults. Next time you need a tetanus shot, ask if you can get Tdap instead.    
  • Prevnar 13 and Pneumovax 23 for the prevention of pneumonia, which kills more annually than any of the others mentioned.
A little food for thought as we gear up for the holiday season. Best wishes for a healthy year ahead!


P.S. What is a Daily Money Manager? We are personal assistants for great living. Every MemoryBanc client is unique, so we offer a host of services to meet individual needs. From basic bill pay, mail sorting, home maintenance, and document organization to emergency backup support for single adults. As a member of the American Association of Daily Money Managers, we adhere to a strict code of ethics and are insured and bonded.  All of our clients receive a print and digital edition of their documents, accounts, and assets in a current and custom MemoryBanc® Register™. We’ve got your back.

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