Medicare Part B and Part D drug plan provide you with vaccine coverage. Medicare Part B covers vaccinations from an outpatient medical provider, such as your doctor’s office. Part B vaccine coverage include:
Medicare Part D prescription drug plan covers the Shingles vaccine. You can receive a Shingles shot with a stand-alone Medicare Part D drug plan or Medicare Advantage Plan with drug coverage. Read this Shingles Vaccine article and discover the medical facts, such as:
- If you ever had chickenpox, you can get shingles.
- The older you get, the higher your risk of getting shingles.
- Shingles produce a painful, blistering rash, and the vaccine reduces your risk of having Shingles.
Moreover, discover the differences between the two Shingles vaccines: Zostavax or Shingrix. Find out which vaccine is most effective in reducing the risk of developing shingles. Furthermore, get answers to the following Shingles vaccine questions:
- How many Shingles shots for Zostavax vs. Shingrix vaccine?
- Where and how to get the Shingles vaccine?
- What does the Shingles vaccine cost?
Influenza Flu Vaccine
The best way to prevent seasonal flu is by getting the flu vaccine. Seniors and other high-risk groups are advised by the CDC to get a flu shot. Read this Medicare Flu Shot Coverage article and learn more about Influenza, including:
- What is Influenza?
- Two human types of Influenza virus?
- When to get your flu shot?
Moreover, learn about the new vaccines for seniors age 65 or older for the 2020-2021 flu season.
Hepatitis B Vaccine
Medicare Part B provides Hepatitis B vaccine coverage. To qualify for a FREE Hepatitis vaccine, you need to be at medium or high risk. In particular, you qualify by having any one of the following:
- End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD)
- Live with someone who has Hepatitis B
- Be a healthcare worker with frequent contact to blood or bodily fluids
Read the article, ‘Does Medicare pay for Hepatitis B vaccine?‘ and discover how Hepatitis B spreads from person-to-person. Moreover, learn the symptoms and the difference between acute and chronic Hepatitis B.
Medicare Part B provides pneumococcal vaccine coverage. It’s FREE to get your pneumococcal shots! You can get your first shot any time and a different, second shot at least one year after the first shot. The CDC recommends Pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine PPSV23 for all adults 65 years or older.
Some pneumococcal infections are invasive and can spread through the body resulting in severe illness and death. However, studies show PPSV23 protects between 50 and 85 in 100 adults with healthy immune systems against invasive pneumococcal disease. Read the Medicare Pneumococcal Vaccine Coverage article and learn about symptoms and possible vaccine side effects.
Tdap Vaccine Not Covered by Medicare
Medicare does not have vaccine coverage for Tdap shots. According to Medicare.gov, Tdap is an adolescent and adult booster shot for tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (aka whooping cough). Medicare does not cover this childhood vaccination shot, also called DTaP.