Adult Vaccines and Information about Medicare Parts B and D

Adults 65 and older with Medicare coverage are eligible for immunizations through Medicare Parts B and D.

There are no out-of-pocket costs associated with Medicare Part B vaccines. Medicare Part B immunization coverage includes:

  • Hepatitis B vaccine (for patients at high or intermediate risk)
  • Influenza vaccine
  • Pneumococcal vaccine
  • Vaccines directly related to treatment of an injury or direct exposure to a disease or condition

Except for vaccines covered under Medicare Part B, Medicare Part D plans must cover all commercially available vaccines as long as the vaccine is reasonable and necessary to prevent illness. Zoster (shingles) vaccine is covered under Part D. Coverage for vaccines under Medicare Part D varies by plan, so patients may have some out-of-pocket costs.