Medicare Part B covers one flu shot per flu season, which typically runs from October to May each year. If your doctor accepts Medicare assignment, Medicare Part B covers the flu shot in full.
Medicare Advantage (Medicare Part C) plans also cover flu shots. Medicare Advantage plans may also offer other benefits that Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) don’t cover.
Medicare Advantage plans cover 100 percent of the Medicare-approved amount for an annual flu shot during the fall or winter months.
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This means that you will typically not have to pay a coinsurance or copayment for your flu shot, as long as you visit a doctor who accepts Medicare and the terms of your Medicare Advantage plan.
Check with your health care provider if you have questions about a specific immunization or vaccine that is not listed here.
Flu shots aren’t the only vaccines covered by Medicare.
Medicare Part B and Medicare Advantage plans also cover preventive vaccines such as pneumonia shots (pneumococcal vaccine) and Hepatitis B shots. Medicare Part B and Medicare Advantage plans may also cover vaccines such as rabies shots if they are considered medically necessary by a doctor.
Specific costs, including monthly premiums, deductibles and coinsurance will vary depending on the Medicare Advantage plan you enroll in.
A licensed insurance agent can help you compare Medicare Advantage plans in your area and get you enrolled in a plan that works for you.
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