TRICARE offers military personnel and their dependents, as well as military retirees and their dependents access to a wide range of health care plans (Standard, Prime, etc.) and coverage options. But does TRICARE cover routine vaccinations?
TRICARE Offers Routine Vaccinations
TRICARE offers routine vaccinations to all TRICARE beneficiaries regardless of their age, rank or status. TRICARE states, “TRICARE and its team of health care professionals realise the important role of immunisations as part of a healthy lifestyle. Beneficiaries can receive all necessary vaccinations through military treatment facilities, TRICARE network and non-network providers.”
Age Appropriate Vaccinations
TRICARE, in agreement with the Centres for Disease Control (CDC), advocates vaccination to help protect individuals of all ages from contracting potentially life threatening diseases and conditions that are easily treatable.
Parents are advised to vaccinate their children to prepare for the new school year. Not only will keeping your children’s vaccinations up-to-date protect them from harm, but they are also a requirement for school. Before the start of each school year, review your children’s vaccination records to find out what they require before they return to school.
Some of the routine vaccinations that TRICARE offers to children include Hepatitis B (HepB), Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis (various combinations include DTaP, DT, Td, Tdap), Polio (IPV) Human Papillomavirus (HPV, Gardasil) Varicella (chicken pox)(Var) Measles, mumps and rubella (given together as MMR) and Influenza.
Active Duty Requirements
Active duty personnel moving to a new duty station must be vaccinated. In fact, receiving vaccinations is part of the out-processing procedure that they must follow when they PCS. In addition, active duty personnel who deploy overseas are also required to be current on all of their vaccinations. They must be vaccinated before they deploy.
According to TRICARE, if they are not current on their vaccinations when they leave, they must obtain any outstanding vaccinations required for their destination at the unit’s medical facility immediately upon arrival.
TRICARE covers routine vaccinations such as DTaP, DT, Td, Tdap), Polio (IPV) Human Papillomavirus (HPV, Gardasil) Varicella (chicken pox) (Var) Measles, mumps and rubella (given together as MMR) and Influenza, along with a variety of other vaccinations. To find out more about your family’s requirements, stop by the Military Treatment Facility (MTF) with your family to review your vaccination record. Medical staff will be able to inform you if any vaccinations or booster jabs are required.
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