Nobody likes getting shots, but they are the most convenient and safest preventive care methods available. By staying current on your vaccines, you are taking charge of what is most important in your life: your health.

Preventive care includes routine checkups, vaccines, patient counseling, and screenings that are used to detect and prevent illnesses, diseases, and other health problems. While all areas of preventive care are critical, we want to focus on vaccines and the importance of staying current, even for adults and seniors.

Why You Should Get Vaccinated

There are many reasons to get vaccinated, but the most important is to protect yourself and those around you from serious diseases and illnesses. Will you be around a baby who is too young for vaccines? Do you have upcoming international travel plans? Has it been 10 years since your last Tdap vaccine (the tetanus booster that also protects against diphtheria and pertussis)? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s time to make an appointment with your Trinity Medical Group physician to find out which vaccines you should get.

Immunizations needed as an adult are determined by factors such as age, lifestyle, high-risk conditions, prior vaccinations, and travel plans. Not sure which vaccines you’ve already had? Here are some tips to locate your records.

Remember, when you skip or delay vaccinations you are putting yourself at risk for getting a serious disease or illness. Vaccines can save your life!

Health Insurance and Preventive Care Vaccines

With the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Americans can more easily access preventive healthcare benefits, such as vaccinations. Basically, this means that Federal law requires health insurance plans to cover the following list of vaccines without charging a copayment or coinsurance if you use an in-network provider. Check with your insurance company for specific coverage details or to find a provider.

Private insurance:

  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Herpes Zoster (shingles)
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Influenza (flu)
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
  • Meningococcal
  • Pneumococcal
  • Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis
  • Varicella (Chickenpox)

Medicare Part B:

  • Influenza (flu)
  • Pneumococcal
  • Hepatitis B
  • Vaccines directly related to the treatment of an injury or direct exposure to a disease, such as rabies or tetanus

The vaccines covered under Medicare Part D, Medicare Advantage Plan Part C, or Medicaid varies, so it’s best to contact them directly for specifics. If you don’t have insurance, you still may be able to get free or reduced cost vaccines. Check with the state’s health department or find a health center near you and ask about affordable vaccine services.

Schedule Your Appointment

Are you ready to discuss how vaccines fit into your preventive health care plan? Call Trinity Medical Group at 863.646.4000 (Lakeland) or 863.299.2636 (Winter Haven) or complete our appointment request form today.