Child immunisation is becoming unaffordable in some countries, charity warns

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 20 January 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h303
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. 1London

The cost of fully immunising a child has increased 68 times in the past 13 years while the number of vaccines has doubled, warns a new report by the healthcare charity Médecins sans Frontières.1

In 2001 the World Health Organization’s vaccination schedule included six vaccinations: tuberculosis, measles, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, and poliomyelitis, at a minimum cost of $0.67 (£0.44; €0.58). By 2014 six more vaccines had been added (for hepatitis B, Haemophilus influenzae type b, pneumococcal diseases, rotavirus, rubella, and human papillomavirus in adolescent girls), but prices had increased to $32.09-$45.59.

The report said that these prices were a “best …

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