TRICARE covers the flu vaccine. The flu vaccine:
- Is an inactivated vaccine that contains a killed virus
- Causes antibodies to develop in the body to provide protection against infection
- Is recommended for all age groups 6 months to 64 years
- Has a high dose version available for those aged 65 years and older
Getting the Flu Vaccine
You can get the flu vaccine at no cost in three ways:
Military Hospital or Clinic
- Find a Military Hospital or Clinic Near You
- Active duty service members have priority
- Call ahead to make sure it’s available
Participating Network Pharmacy
To find a participating network pharmacy:
- Search online
- Call 1-877-363-1303
Call the pharmacy first to ask:
- What days and times can you get the vaccine?
- Who gives the vaccine—a pharmacist or a provider from an in-pharmacy clinic?
- Only vaccines given by a pharmacist are covered by the pharmacy benefit for free. If your vaccine is administered by a provider at an onsite clinic, it may not be covered and you may have to pay the entire cost.
- You can still go to your doctor for the vaccine if the pharmacy has restrictions or it isn’t available. But, you may have to pay copayments or cost-shares for the office visit.
- Are there any restrictions, including for children?
- If your state has a restriction, you should go to your primary care physician or a military hospitals or clinic for the vaccine.
TRICARE-Authorized Provider- An authorized provider is any individual, institution/organization, or supplier that is licensed by a state, accredited by national organization, or meets other standards of the medical community, and is certified to provide benefits under TRICARE. There are two types of TRICARE-authorized providers: Network and Non-Network.
- Find a Doctor
- Follow your plan’s rules for getting care
- You’ll need to pay your copayment – A fixed dollar amount you may pay for a covered health care service or drug. or cost-share– A percentage of the total cost of a covered health care service that you pay. for the office visit
- Active duty service members must have a referral to get the vaccine from any provider other than their primary care manager.
Are you an active duty or Guard/Reserve member?
You’re required to get the flu vaccine.
- You have priority to get the vaccine at military hospitals and military clinics.
- You can also get vaccines at participating retail network pharmacies.
If you go to a participating network pharmacy:
- You must get the vaccine from a pharmacist.
- Don’t get the vaccine from an onsite medical clinic at the pharmacy, or you will have to pay the entire cost of the medication.
If you go to a network doctor other than your primary care manager (PCM), you must get a referral from your PCM.
When you get a flu vaccine from a participating network pharmacy, follow your Service policy guidance for recording the vaccine in your shot record. You’ll need the following information:
- The date the vaccine was given
- The vaccine name or code
- Lot number