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Docs Can't Afford Soaring Vaccine Prices

As if the anti-vaccine movement wasn't bad enough, immunizations are becoming too expensive for many doctors. Over the past 20 years, the price of drugs have gone from single to triple digits—making the average cost to fully vaccinate a child rise from $100 in 1986 to $2,192 today. The Affordable Care Act mandates full coverage of the vaccines, many of which are required for school entry. Many doctors say they are losing money on each vaccination, while manufacturers are making more money. Some doctors have taken drastic measures to immunize their patients, remortgaging homes to pay the tens of thousands of dollars it cost to buy each batch of vaccine.