The Cure for Expensive Vaccinations

Many colleges either require or encourage freshman students to get a meningitis vaccine, something that can cost $200 at a doctor's office. But according to this reader, you can get it for $5.

The Cure for Expensive Vaccinations Photo (cc) by Daniel Paquet

Just got this reader tip to share. If you’ve got expensive vaccinations in your future, whether for college or otherwise, check it out…

I wanted to share a tip/suggestion with you regarding college meningitis vaccinations.

As you may know, most colleges either require or encourage freshman students to get a meningitis vaccine. I learned the hard way last year that my insurance did not cover the cost of the vaccine for my 18-year-old daughter. Therefore, my out-of-pocket expense was $140 for the shot. Thankfully, they didn’t charge her a doctor’s visit fee – or it would have run around $200.

This year, my stepson also needed one, since he’s going to be a freshman in the fall. I called a local doctor’s office, and they said they would have to charge for the shot and an office visit. So basically, it was going to cost us an out-of-pocket $200 or so for the shot again. Graciously, the doctor’s office suggested that I try our county health department. We set up an appointment, there was no waiting, and the shot cost us $5.

You might want to remind your readers that the local health department is a place they might want to consider when it comes to vaccinations for their children and themselves.

– Rozanna

Consider it done, Rozanna! And thanks for taking the time to share that tip with other readers.

Do you have any ideas that could help others save a buck or two? Don’t keep them a secret – share them!

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