A: In 2013, the minimum cost of fully vaccinating a child in the U.S. was $1,723. This compares to $370 in 2000, and just $70 in 1990. The increase stems partly from increased costs associated with individual vaccines and mostly from the many new vaccines now being universally recommended.
These are minimum costs because some states don’t require children to accept as many vaccines as others — for example, the HPV vaccine is not yet universally required — and also because some vaccines are more expensive than others. The thimerosal-preserved flu vaccine costs less than the flu vaccine that avoids thimerosal as a preservative.
With hundreds of new vaccines in the pipelines, the cost to society of vaccines is likely to continue its steep climb.