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Does Medicare cover the cost of the shingles vaccine?

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The shingles vaccine is not covered by Medicare Part A or Part B, according to Medicare. Medicare prescription drug plans, known as Medicare Part D, typically cover all commercially available vaccines needed to prevent illness, such as the shingles vaccine.

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Medicare Part D is offered to all individuals with Medicare, but if a person does not join when first eligible, he may have to pay a late enrollment penalty, according to Medicare. Medicare Part D can be added on its own, or an individual can receive drug coverage by joining a Medicare Advantage Plan, which is referred to as Part C. An individual must have Medicare Part A and Part B to join a Medicare Advantage Plan.

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