How Much Does the Hepatitis Vaccine Cost?

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The Hepatitis A and B vaccination are designed for both travelers and anyone who wants to receive the vaccination on a voluntary basis.

It is highly recommended for 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.

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How much does the hepatitis vaccination cost?

The Hepatitis A vaccination can cost anywhere from $50 to $150 without health insurance per dosage, while the Hepatitis B vaccination can cost anywhere from $20 to $55 each per injection, and again, since there are three total shots required, the overall costs can vary from $60 to $165 for the complete package.

To have both Hepatitis shots, it is going to cost an average of $80 to $315 without insurance.  This won’t include the doctor’s office visitation fee if you were to receive these vaccinations at your local medical office.

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 policyholder will only be responsible for the co-pay.  These co-pays are often less than $100 total.

This vaccination is often administered at Walgreens, Walmart and CVS.  At Walmart, for instance, the dual A and B vaccine can cost about $114 and about $169 at CVS.   At Walgreens, according to our phone call, the costs of Hepatitis A for adults would be $117 per shot and two shots would be needed.  For Hepatitis B, which would be a series of three shots, would cost about $100 per shot. listed the prices she paid, and according to her bill, she paid $90 for the Hepatitis A shot for an adult and $85 for the Hepatitis B shot.

TypeAverage Price (per dosage)
Hepatitis A Pediatric$30
Hepatitis A-Hepatitis B 18+$95
Hepatitis B
Hepatitis A-Adult$65
Hepatitis A-Hepatitis B Adult$95
Hepatitis B-Adult$60

Source:  CDC (note that these prices won’t include office fees if adminsitered at local doctor’s office.)

Hepatitis vaccination overview

The Hepatitis A vaccination will require two shots, but once injected, it can last up to a lifetime.  The second shot will be given approximately six months after the first one is administered.  If one shot is administered, it can only last up to two years.

The Hepatitis B vaccination will require three shots.  This first vaccination will be given immediately, while the second vaccination will be injected one month after.  The last shot will be given six months after the first vaccination.

Both shots are said to be 90 percent effective against the disease.

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 and will be true for each installment of the Hepatitis B vaccine.

Tips to know

Hepatitis A is a liver disease caused by an infection containing the virus known as Hepatitis A.  It is considered a contagious ailment, which means it can be transmitted directly or indirectly with person to person contact or via consumables such as water.  Hepatitis B, on the other hand, will be considered either chronic or acute.  This is another disease that will affect your liver and symptoms can range from something mild to something as serious that lasts a lifetime.  Unlike Hepatitis A, however, Hepatitis B can be transmitted via body fluids such as blood or semen.

Popular brand name/tradenames on the market for this vaccination includes Vaqta®, Havrix®, Twinrix®, Engerix B® and Recombivax HB®.

Hep A and B vaccination side effects in adults can include irritability, injection site reactions, headaches, fever, tiredness or a sore throat.

How can I save money?

Local state health departments generally offer the best rate for vaccinations, especially for those who meet certain minimum income requirements.  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.

If you’re traveling, combining your vaccinations can often bring the price down, especially if you’re going to a travel clinic.

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Average Reported Cost: $600

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  1. Skip Mairson (Groveland,  Florida) paid $600 and said:

    Hepatitis A & B Combo… 3 shots at $200 each

    Was it worth it? Yes

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