Vaccine costs can hit new parents hard

While Ontario’s vaccine laws may offer parents immunity from prosecution, they impose a consequence: vaccinating your kids goes from relatively free, convenient, and convenient-to-follow to expensive, stressful, and stressful-to-follow.

The first thing parents may notice when they switch vaccinating schedules is the added expense. It can be fairly steep to build and maintain a routine, but, in general, pediatricians generally recommend having your children vaccinated at four years of age (during that time, parents will typically receive a second dose of MMR, which protects against measles, mumps, and rubella).

That only allows for a $60 dose of the MMR shot, which is about $4 more expensive than if you’d gone with a two-dose regimen. Vaccinating kids at two years of age could actually mean an $80 additional bill: The cost of a TYRADAAH shot, which protects against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (pertussis), is $58, compared to a two-dose MMR course of $27, for example.

It’s a painful, money-related penalty for every parent who makes the choice not to vaccinate their kids, but it’s not the only one. Vaccines for infant tetanus and diphtheria, which are often administered on a given day and so won’t require an entire day of child care, can also require an extra shot, a newborn booster shot, or a series of boosters that may require multiple doctor’s visits.

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