How Much Does the Hepatitis Vaccine Cost?
The Hepatitis A and B vaccination is designed for both travelers and anyone who wants to receive the vaccination on a voluntary basis. It is highly recommended those traveling to Central and South America as well as Central and East Europe receive the vaccination. The Hepatitis A vaccine protects against the virus for up to 10 years, while the Hepatitis B vaccination requires a course of three injections over the course of six months. The cost of a Hepatitis vaccination is going to depend on the type of vaccination received and the location.
How much is it?
- The Hepatitis A vaccination is going to prevent this disease which affects the liver, causing a high fever as well as abdominal pain. This vaccination on average can cost anywhere from $50 to $150 without health insurance.
- The Hepatitis B vaccination is going to protect from a disease that is contracted through contact of bodily fluids. The cost of this vaccination is going to cost anywhere from $20 to $55 each per injection. Since there are 3 total shots that are required, the overall costs can vary from $60 to $165 for the complete package.
- To have both Hepatitis shots combined, it is going to cost an average of $70 to $315 without insurance.
- Most health insurance plans are going to cover a high portion of this vaccination, since it is deemed a preventable cause. Check with your health insurance company to learn more about your policy. Most of the time, the policy holder will only be responsible for the co-pay.
- According to the website CDC.gov, the price for the vaccinations can range anywhere from $30 to as much as $110 per vaccination.
What are the extra costs?
- Local doctor’s offices are going to charge more than a local health department. If the shot is administrated at an office, an office exam fee will more than likely apply. This will be true for each installment of the Hepatitis B vaccine.
What is going to be included?
- The Hepatitis A will require 2 shots, but can last up to a lifetime. The second shot will be given approximately 6 months after the first one is given. If one shot is administered, it can only last up to two years. Once administered, the vaccination will protect from the virus.
- The Hepatitis B vaccination will require three shots. This first vaccination will be given immediately, while the second vaccination will be taken 1 month after. The last shot will be given at the 6 month mark.
How can I save money?
- Local state health departments generally offer the best rate for vaccinations. If you cannot afford the vaccination, check local state government programs to see if there is any aid or funding available.
- If planning a trip in the near future, it’s always best to consider a walk-in clinic well ahead of time. Last minute vaccinations are generally going to cost more than vaccinations that are planned well ahead of time. Most walk-in clinics can get a price over the phone. It’s always best to compare two to three before getting one.