Cost of Flu-Related Hospitalizations in Children

Expect sticker shock from the potential consequences of not getting your child his or her annual flu shot.

The cost of flu-related hospitalizations in children is estimated to be about $13,000 per child.

Compare that to previous estimates of about $3,000 $4,000.

The estimates come from researchers at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, who analyzed billing data for hundreds of kids and teens admitted to the hospital with the flu.

The cost for children in the highest risk category, such as those with asthma or heart disease, averaged at about $15,000 per child.

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