Does Medicare offer free immunization shots?


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Medicare does not offer free immunization shots, but this government-funded insurance program for seniors covers the cost of influenza, pneumococcal and hepatitis B vaccinations and the cost of their administration from recognized healthcare providers.

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Does Medicare offer free immunization shots?
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Medicare has been covering pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccinations since 1981. Beneficiaries usually receive only one shot, but an immunization received at age 65 typically lasts a lifetime. People considered high risk may receive a booster shot every five years.

Medicare has been covering influenza vaccinations since 1993, and people may receive this shot annually.

High-risk Medicare beneficiaries, including homosexual men and residents of institutions for the developmentally disabled, may receive free Hepatitis B immunizations as well.

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