The flu shot protects you from getting the flu and keeps you from spreading it to others.
Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) covers the seasonal flu shot (or vaccine) once per flu season and additional flu shots if it’s medically necessary.
Preferred flu shots
People 65 and older can get a preferred flu shot , which may be a greater benefit than the standard dose. Ask your doctor about getting one of these three preferred vaccines (if available):
- Fluzone High Dose Quadrivalent
- Flublok Quadrivalent
- Fluad Quadrivalent
You can get the standard flu shot if the preferred vaccine isn’t available.
Your costs in Original Medicare
You pay nothing for a flu shot if your doctor or other qualified health care provider accepts assignment. If you have a Medicare Advantage Plan, contact your plan for details.
Things to know
- Don’t wait to get the flu shot. There are many places you can get one, including your doctor’s office and your local pharmacy — contact them for details. Find Flu Vaccines
- It’s safe to get the flu shot with other vaccines. You can protect yourself against COVID-19 by getting your COVID-19 vaccine at the same time as your flu shot.