The cost of getting the flu: By the numbers
The influenza virus doesn't just put a drain on your immune system — it digs into your wallet, too
Flu season is underway, and with it comes all the sniffling, lethargy, muddled thinking, pain, and missed work days symptomatic of the most contagious time of the year. All those sick hours add up, and the intrusive virus has both health and "financial repercussions," says Aaron Levitt at Investopedia. Here, a look at the economics of influenza:
5 to 20Percentage of U.S. residents who get the flu every year
200,000People hospitalized from flu-related complications each year
150 millionDoses of this year's flu vaccine produced in the U.S.
$35Average cost of a flu shot
$87.1 billionAnnual loss to the U.S. economy due to influenza and its repercussions
$16.3 billionAnnual toll on businesses due to influenza. "In a shaky economy, that could mean the difference between being employed and applying for welfare," says Levitt.
70 millionWorkdays missed by Americans last year due to the flu
$130Average cost that an insured American can expect to pay fighting the flu
More than $100Cost of seeing a physician without insurance
$100Cost, without insurance, per 10-day dose of Tamiflu, a frequently prescribed anti-viral medication
$4.29Cost for a bag of Halls menthol cough drops
$6.99Cost for a three-pack of Kleenex
$6.99Cost for a package of DayQuil Cold & Flu Relief
1 out of 3Flu sufferers who end up spending between $250 and $1,000 on "recovery efforts"
Between 3,000 and 49,000Flu-related deaths in America each year