[HEALTH.MIL] Shingles Vaccine

  • From: HEALTH.MIL@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • To: <HEALTH.MIL@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>, <TFL@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 8 Jun 2013 13:01:23 -0500

TRICARE covers the shingles vaccine, Zostavax, as recommended by the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Zostavax is recommended for beneficiaries
60 and older. To learn more about shingles and the vaccine, please visit the CDC
Web site at http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/shingles/default.htm.

You may receive the shingles vaccine at no cost from your doctor's office or at
a participating TRICARE retail network pharmacy. To find a pharmacy that
participates in the vaccine program, search for a participating pharmacy online
at http://www.express-scripts.com/TRICARE/pharmacy/ or call 1-877-363-1303. 


Before getting the vaccine at a pharmacy, you should call the pharmacy first to:


  . Verify the days and times you can come in for a vaccine.


  . See if there are any restrictions.


  . Make sure the pharmacy has the vaccine you need as some, such as shingles,
may be in short supply.


  . Make sure a pharmacist gives the vaccines and not a provider from an
in-pharmacy clinic to avoid potential cost shares or copayments.

Note: If you get the vaccine from your provider, you may have to pay copayments
or cost shares for the office visit or other services received during the office



A Note for TRICARE For Life Beneficiaries


If you get the shingles vaccine from your provider, its covered under the
TRICARE medical benefit as a preventive service. Because the cost sharing waiver
for preventive services does not apply when using TRICARE For Life (TFL), you
will be responsible to pay the TRICARE cost share after you've met your annual


If you have TFL related questions, please contact TFL Customer Service:


    In the U.S. and U.S. Territories, contact WPS TRICARE For Life at

(TDD 1-866-773-0405)

    If outside the U.S. and its Territories, use the International SOS web page
at http://www.tricare-overseas.com/ContactUs/default.htm to find applicable
overseas TFL Customer Service contact info.






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