Swine Flu Vaccinations

@lelin1123 (15645)
Puerto Rico
October 3, 2009 3:50pm CST
I can't believe that people have to pay for this Swine Flu Vaccinations. Does that mean the people who really need to take it but can't afford it can end up dying because they didn't have the money for the vaccination? I heard it can cost depending the area you are in from $12.50 to $35.00. This should be free for all who need it or want it. This is an outrage. Your toughts or comments are welcomed.
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9 responses
• Sweden
3 Oct 09
Wow, you have to pay for vaccinations? I haven't heard this. It sounds very bad, since the people that need it the most are probably going to be the people that won't be able to pay for it. Imagine if a single parent with economy issues needs to vaccinate his/her children but can't pay for it. Hopefully some organization will be to send out money to people that need it the most.
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@lelin1123 (15645)
• Puerto Rico
3 Oct 09
I didn't know we had to pay for them either. I found out when my daughter went to the doctors yesterday. They told her the swine flu vaccination will be available sometime this month it will cost 12.50 for her. Then I spoke to my mom and in Florida my parents would have to pay 25.00 each for their shots. They are on a fixed income. This is simply crazy. Now why is the price different depending on where you live? Makes not a bit of sense to me. Thanks for responding.
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@agv0419 (3030)
• Philippines
4 Oct 09
We are not worried anymore about swine flu. Vaccinations here is not free even if we want to be vaccinated against it but we can't afford the price of it even the vaccine for flu it is very expensive not all of us can afford it. Our government don't have a budget for that now that our country experienced calamities there priorities is to help the victims of typhoons and to rehabilitate them.
@prinny (24)
• United States
4 Oct 09
Shouldn't health care cover most of the costs of the shots? And here in new york I hear the shots are going for around $50 but I believe here they are also giving a free flu shot with it because its the time of the year. Still the prices are ridiculous but I guess are justified in the fact that nothing in this world is free and to make the vaccine and distribute it costs money.
@gabs8513 (48803)
• United Kingdom
3 Oct 09
That is not good Lelin, here in the UK the Vaccine will be free I will be one of the People called in due to my Disability I think it is disgusting that they are making People pay for it
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@lelin1123 (15645)
• Puerto Rico
3 Oct 09
I don't understand why some people don't have to pay and others have to pay with different prices depending on where you live. It doesn't make a bit of sense to me. I'm glad its free for you. Take care and good health to you. Thanks for responding.
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@snowy22315 (36381)
• United States
3 Oct 09
I think flu vaccines should be free but because we ahve to pay for our healthcare in this countyr they probably never will be. I just found out we will be getting some flu shots from work. They are vaccinating against the regular flu not the swine variety but I think you will get some immunity from it.
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@lelin1123 (15645)
• Puerto Rico
3 Oct 09
Yes I guess it will help a little bit against the swine flu. The shots they are giving to you at work do you have to pay for them?
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@cyrus123 (6383)
• United States
3 Oct 09
I haven't heard this, myself. It looks like if these people have health insurance, that their insurance would pay for it. If they don't have insurance, I don't know what to think about it. My local health department charges $5.00 for a regular flu shot. It might be a little cheaper at a health department. I don't know. Since I have Medicaid, I just let my regular doctor give me the flu shot because my copay is only $1.00. I know that sounds ridiculously low but that's what it is. I bet everybody wishes they could pay that amount, lol. I plan to get the regular flu shot this month and when I go for this, I will be sure to ask my doctor about the prices of the swine flu shot and if Medicaid will pay for it. I'm also going to ask her if it would be wise for me to take it. I don't know why it is but for some reason, I'm a little bit concerned about taking it. Kathy.
@lelin1123 (15645)
• Puerto Rico
3 Oct 09
Well I have never taken a flu shot and I don't plan on taking the swine flu shot either. My brother had taken the flu shot about 20 years ago while in the Navy he was sick for two weeks and he thought he was going to die. So after hearing this I swore never to take it. Thank God I'm in good health and I take care of myself. I just feel bad for the people who need to take the shot and may not be able to afford it. Its just not right to me. Again the poor people will suffer. Thank you for responding.
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@cyrus123 (6383)
• United States
3 Oct 09
I've always taken care of my health, too, but like I said, I still have allergies. My mother and I think both of my sisters have mvp, too. That's just something I inherited. I never have had any problems with the flu shot but my sister and her husband both got the flu shot one year and they were very sick from it. They said they would never take it again. I guess some people just can't take it for some reason. I just hate to be sick so that's why I get it. Kathy.
@lelin1123 (15645)
• Puerto Rico
3 Oct 09
Good luck to you and good health always.
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@Thoroughrob (11771)
• United States
5 Oct 09
Do you really think they would give it without charging? They are money hungry. I don't think they should be able to turn you away for not being able to afford it. I am still not sure how I feel about the vaccines yet.
@lelin1123 (15645)
• Puerto Rico
5 Oct 09
People who need it should be able to get it for free. However, after hearing about people dying from taking the vaccine I would hope people would be more careful in deciding to get the shot or not.
@codris (783)
• Italy
4 Oct 09
really?? here in italy the vaccinations are free and we must go to them, i think that we will be totally vaccinated for the end o november. expecially students and people who goes in places where ther are a lot of people.
@lelin1123 (15645)
• Puerto Rico
4 Oct 09
You are quite lucky that they are free. Thank you for responding and have a great day and I wish you good health.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
4 Oct 09
They should be free to those who want them. I think that anytime a life threatening epidemic occurs that people should be able to protect themselves at an affordable if not free price. I am not getting the vaccine but if I wanted it...I would be outraged if it wasn't made available for me.
@merlinsorca (1123)
• United States
4 Oct 09
WHAT?!? This is an outrage! They should make it free, or at least make it free to those who can't afford it. So, does this mean that money is more valuable than lives? Who would choose a few dozen dollars over someone's health? What is our world coming to? Even if they do need the money to pay for their "swine flu research" they should just go bankrupt and save peoples' lives for free. I would do that, if it was to protect the world from a pandemic...
@lelin1123 (15645)
• Puerto Rico
4 Oct 09
This is an outrage and I can't believe its happening. Thanks for responding.
@reinydawn (11651)
• United States
19 Oct 09
Well, who do you think SHOULD pay for this? Taxes? Health Insurance? Some plans do cover it, and some don't. And what about the people who DON'T get the shot? Should they be given the cash instead?