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The Whooping Cough epidemic in Washington State has brought about many questions on vaccines. Adults are becoming more concerned about how to protect themselves and their children or grandchildren from communicable diseases.

The following chart is provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Out-of-pocket costs for vaccines vary depending on insurance coverage. Check with your healthcare provider or clinic, and your health insurance plan to determine your costs. For people on Medicare, influenza, pneumococcal, and hepatitis B, vaccinations are fully paid for by Medicare Part B. The shingles vaccine and Td/Tdap are covered under Medicare Part D so costs to individuals will vary based on their particular plan.

For more information online, we suggest There is an informative quiz based on your age and health status together with a description of each vaccine and the diseases they prevent.

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