Getting Shots and Vaccines With Your Health Insurance

When you have insurance, many preventive shots and vaccines are covered—which can help protect you from preventable diseases like the flu, measles and meningitis and the potential costs of getting sick.

Without insurance, something like the shingles vaccine could cost around $200.

The cost of shots and vaccines depends on two factors:

  • The type of shot or vaccine
  • Your health insurance coverage

Which Vaccines Are Covered by Insurance?

Many insurance plans cover vaccines, such as:

  • Shingles
  • Pneumonia
  • HPV (Human Papillomavirus)
  • Flu

Depending on your health plan, you may still be responsible for a copay or deductible.

For the majority of CareFirst members, most vaccinations are completely free. You won’t have to pay any out-of-pocket copays, coinsurance or anything toward your deductible.

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What shots and vaccines are covered in your plan?

  • If you’re a CareFirst member, you can find what vaccines are covered in the Summary of Preventive Services . Or you can ask Member Services any questions you may have.
  • If you’re a member of another health plan (or comparing available benefits), ask your health insurer’s Member Services office what vaccines your health insurance covers.

Where Can You Get Your Shots and Vaccines?

Primary Care Provider

Convenience Care/Pharmacy

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Choosing an in-network provider, retail clinic or pharmacy that participates in your health plan can help you keep costs lower. You can get shots from an out-of-network provider but may be asked to pay the full price.