How Much Does the TDaP Vaccine Cost?


Written by:  Howmuchisit.org Staff
Last Updated:  August 7, 2018

The TDaP vaccine is a combination of vaccines which are used to prevent three types of illnesses:  tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis.  This vaccine was recently approved for use and has now been included in the normal vaccine schedule for adolescents.

The needle by Dr PS Sahana * Kadamtala Howrah, on Flickr
The needle” (CC BY 2.0) by Dr PS Sahana * Kadamtala Howrah

How much does the TDaP vaccine cost?

On average, the price of a TDaP vaccine can cost anywhere from $30 to $90 per dose.  A physician’s office is going to cost more on average compared to a walk-in clinic since you will have to pay an office visit fee.  We called a few retailers in our area to see what they would charge for this vaccination, and our results are listed below.  Keep in mind this cost can vary from one location to another.

If you have health insurance, many have claimed their insurance covered the entire vaccination, but again, it will be solely dependent upon your policy’s restrictions.  Check with your health insurance provider to see what may or may not be covered.  Even if not covered 100 percent, the average person with insurance paid about $25 to $45.

For example, the MinuteClinic.com shows that the price for the TDaP vaccine can be about $65. The price mentioned is per dose and it can be administered to adolescents ages 11 and up.

Another popular pharmacy such as Walgreen’s Take Care Clinics charges around $65 for the vaccination.

According to the official site of the Center for Disease Control, the price for the administration of TDaP vaccine normally ranges anywhere from $30 to $39.

Forum members on this BabyCenter.com forum thread said they had paid anywhere from $64 at Walgreens to $70 at the local health department.  Other members noted they were able to get it for free at their doctor’s office.

RetailerCost for Tdap
CVS$65
Kmart$45
Kroger$85
Publix$45
Rite-Aid$71
Safeway$68
Target$64
Walgreens$64
Walmart$60

What are the extra costs?

Getting the vaccination at your local doctor’s office may incur an additional doctor’s office visit fee, usually about $75 to $150.

Tips to know

The vaccination is known to be very safe; however, it has been known to have side effects such as deep pain or swelling/redness at the injection site.

A certified health professional will administer the vaccination just like any other shot.  Once the shot has been administered, it will go on your public health record as well and can provide protection for up to 10 years.

How can I save money?

Consider checking with your local state’s health department to see if they offer the vaccination.  State health departments often offer the shot for a very low cost or can even offer it for free if you meet certain income requirements.

Call up local walk-in clinics first to see what they have to offer in terms of pricing.  It’s not uncommon to find these clinics offering deals that customers can take advantage of.

Medicare notes Part D will generally cover the Tdap vaccine for adults over 65.


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Average Reported Cost: $100

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Was it worth it?  

  1. Lora (Richmond ,  Va) paid $100 and said:

    Office visit to walk-in clinic was $235.

    $100 they said was the flat rate for the tdap injection. Side effects are not just pain in injection site but stiffness and immobility of muscles – upper traps, deltoid, shoulder blade and rhomboid of the same side.

    This report is 2 days after office visit.

    Was it worth it? No

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