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I had my flu jab this morning. I have to pay for it as I'm under 65 and don't have a chronic condition which entitles me to a free one. Last year I remember that it cost €8 from the farmacia, but this time I paid €14.83. That seems a big increase, does anyone know why that should be?

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Have never had a flu vaccine injection, I had flu in my mid teens but never since, and I am now well past my sell by date.

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I had my flu jab this morning. I have to pay for it as I'm under 65 and don't have a chronic condition which entitles me to a free one. Last year I remember that it cost €8 from the farmacia, but this time I paid €14.83. That seems a big increase, does anyone know why that should be?

€14.83 Is a small price to pay for peace of mind.Ask at your local farmacia perhaps they can tell you why there is an increase although mine is a freeby.

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Lynn Are you the carer for your husband and is he entitled to a freebie one? If so, you are entitled to a freebie one as well as his carer. The suegra and I are both entitled to freebie so SWMBO gets one as well as our carer.

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A lady in our community gets hers free as she is classed as her poor older partners carer. In fact they had them done today thats how I can comment with up to date info.

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€14.83 Is a small price to pay for peace of mind.Ask at your local farmacia perhaps they can tell you why there is an increase although mine is a freeby.
No idea why there should be such an increase but yes - worth it.

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At my medical centre I have a monthly check to establish the anticoagulant level.

Last week having done the test I was given flu and pneumonia jabs without making any request.

I have been having the check up for several years but this is the first time I have been given a flu jab automatically. I am 79

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Lynn Are you the carer for your husband and is he entitled to a freebie one? If so, you are entitled to a freebie one as well as his carer. The suegra and I are both entitled to freebie so SWMBO gets one as well as our carer.
No, my husband is in perfect health and has no need of a carer. I've had far more health problems than him these last couple of years, so he's been the one doing the caring!
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I wasn't complaining about having to pay or saying it was too expensive, by the way, just curious to know why the price should have nearly doubled from one year to the next.

I did find this article from 2018 where it says that the price of the single-use syringe of the vaccine can vary between €7.93 and €14.82 (doesn't explain why it varies). I bought mine from the same farmacia as last year, so it can't be a case of one charging more than another. Different manufacturers maybe, or as the vaccine has to be different each year because of different flu strains, maybe some years it is more expensive to produce.

https://www.ocu.org/salud/enfermedad...e/vacuna-gripe

The article also says, however, that to buy the vaccine from a farmacia a prescription is needed. I certainly wasn't asked for one either this year or last.


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I discovered some years ago in U.K. that medications I bought on a private prescription (previously they had been on a NHS prescription) were double the price in Boots compared to Lloyd’s pharmacy.

So maybe one should shop around in spain too !


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