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Does Medicare Cover Tetanus Shots?

Some Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Part D plans cover tetanus shots (Tdap vaccine). Most Medicare Advantage plans may also cover prescription drugs. Learn more and find plans where you live.

No, Medicare Part A and Part B (Original Medicare) do not cover tetanus shots.

Some Medicare Advantage (Part C) plans and Medicare Part D prescription drug plans may cover tetanus shots.

Medicare Part D drug coverage typically covers many shots and vaccines that are commercially available. Many Medicare Advantage plans include Part D drug coverage.

A licensed insurance agent can help you find plans available in your area.

How does Medicare cover tetanus vaccines?

Medicare Part A and Part B (Original Medicare) do not cover the tetanus vaccination for prevention of infection. This means that any Medicare coverage of the Tdap vaccine will come from:

  • A Medicare Advantage plan that includes prescription drug coverage
  • A standalone Medicare Part D plan

Both types of plans are sold by private insurance companies, and the specific benefits and availability may vary based on where you live.

The Tdap vaccine is the booster shot for adults and adolescents. It is recommended every 10 years for all adults with prior immunization against tetanus.

If you are exposed to tetanus through an injury, Part B may provide coverage for the tetanus immunization.

Is Tdap covered by Medicare?

Tdap is an acronym for tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis and the vaccine for all three diseases are typically included in one shot called the Tdap. As mentioned above, the Tdap vaccine is not covered by Original Medicare but may be covered by a Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug (MA-PD) plan or Medicare Part D plan. 

Depending on your plan, you could potentially face out-of-pocket costs or restrictions such as:

  • Coinsurance or copayments
  • Deductible
  • Plan network restrictions

We recommend speaking with your plan carrier directly for specific cost and coverage information.

Medicare Advantage plans may offer additional benefits

Medicare Advantage plans are an alternative plan to Original Medicare that are sold by private insurance companies.

Most Medicare Advantage may provide coverage for prescription drugs, and all Medicare Advantage plans must cover at least the same benefits that are provided by Original Medicare.

Call to speak with a licensed insurance agent who can help you determine your eligibility to enroll and compare Medicare Advantage plans in your area.

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About the author

Christian Worstell is a senior Medicare and health insurance writer with He is also a licensed health insurance agent. Christian is well-known in the insurance industry for the thousands of educational articles he’s written, helping Americans better understand their health insurance and Medicare coverage.

Christian’s work as a Medicare expert has appeared in several top-tier and trade news outlets including Forbes, MarketWatch, WebMD and Yahoo! Finance.

Christian has written hundreds of articles for that teach Medicare beneficiaries the best practices for navigating Medicare. His articles are read by thousands of older Americans each month. By better understanding their health care coverage, readers may hopefully learn how to limit their out-of-pocket Medicare spending and access quality medical care.

Christian’s passion for his role stems from his desire to make a difference in the senior community. He strongly believes that the more beneficiaries know about their Medicare coverage, the better their overall health and wellness is as a result.

A current resident of Raleigh, Christian is a graduate of Shippensburg University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism.

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