How Much Do Travel Vaccines Cost?
Traveling to a foreign country such as Africa and others is going to more than likely mean that you’re going to have to get the appropriate vaccinations in order to travel to the country itself. While some vaccinations are going to be optional, there are many that are going to be required. Vaccination costs are going to vary depending on many various different factors. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will recommend which vaccinations you need for your next trip.
How much is the cost of travel vaccinations?
- A Hepatitis A shot is going to protect you from Hepatitis A for about 1-2 years. The average shot will cost anywhere from $45 to $110.
- A Hepatitis B shot is going to protect you from a disease called, “Hepatitis B.” This type of shot will require 3 different shots that will range $45 to $80 per shot, totaling more than $150 on average.
- A Meningitis vaccination is recommend for those traveling to Africa. This vaccination varies anywhere from $45 to $125 per shot.
- A common vaccination, polio is intended for children. This is a one time shot that costs anywhere from $10 to $30 per shot.
- A Typhoid vaccination is going to protect those from contaminated food and water in foreign countries such as Asia, Mexico and Africa. This vaccination will cost an average of $40 to $150 per shot.
- A Yellow Fever is for those that are going to frequent tropical areas. This shot can cost anywhere from $125 to as much as $375. This is one of the most expensive vaccines.
- A rabies shot can be upwards of $400 to as much as $1,000.
- For those that have insurance that will cover the shots itself, a co-pay will more than likely apply. This can average anywhere from $10 to $50+.
What is going to be included?
- The shot itself will be administered by your Doctor’s office, or the Travel Clinic.
- Most travel clinics will recommend what shots you will need. The CDC has a resource that shows which shots are going to be recommended. They will ask you questions on where you’re going to travel, as well as long you’re going to be there.
What are the extra costs?
- Most travel vaccinations won’t be covered by your health insurance plan. Consult with your health insurance company to inquire on what is covered, and what isn’t. There are some vaccinations that are covered though.
- Medicare generally doesn’t cover these vaccinations either.
- If you decide to get your vaccination at your local Doctor’s office, an office visitation fee may apply. This can range anywhere from $35 to $150 per visit depending on your Doctor’s policy.
- Other shots / vaccinations may be recommended. Based on the pay chart above, this can add more to your overall cost.
How can I save money?
- Having insurance can save you a tremendous amount of money on your higher end shots. Always consult with your insurance company before getting a shot.
- Consider going to a local health clinic in your area. You can find one here.