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How Much Does Tetanus Diphtheria Vaccine Cost?

 
low costWith Insurance: $10-$40average costWithout Insurance: $25-$60
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A tetanus/diphtheria vaccination or booster prevents two diseases that are sometimes fatal: tetanus, which causes painful muscle tightening, and diphtheria, which can cause respiratory problems or skin lesions. Most U.S. adults were vaccinated during childhood; a booster shot is recommended every 10 years, especially for travelers to areas where diphtheria is endemic.

Typical costs:

  • For patients not covered by health insurance, the cost of a Td booster usually consists of a flat fee for the one required shot, which includes a shot administration fee and the cost of the vaccine, typically $25 to $60. For example, The Shot Nurse[1] , a mobile vaccination service in Tennessee, charges $35. Walgreens' Take Care Clinics[2] charge $45.
  • Health insurance plans that offer preventive benefits often cover a Td booster. For example, this individual plan from BlueCross Blue Shield of Tennessee covers the Td booster.
  • For patients covered by health insurance, typical expenses include a copay of $10 to $40 for the doctor visit and a copay for the vaccination. For example, this BlueCare Direct HMO[3] covers vaccinations, including those needed for travel, for a $20 copay.
Related articles: Travel Vaccinations, Travel Insurance, Baby Immunizations

What should be included:
  • A health care professional will administer a single booster shot. The shot is almost 100 percent effective for those who have been vaccinated in the past and will provide protection for 10 years.
Additional costs:
  • For adults 19 to 64 who are not pregnant and have never received a dose of TDaP, which is similar to Td but also includes protection against pertussis, also known as whooping cough, the CDC recommends replacing one Td booster with the TDaP shot, then continuing with Td boosters every 10 years. The TDaP shot is slightly more expensive. For example, Walgreens' Take Care Clinics[4] charge $65 for a TDaP shot.
Discounts:
  • Public clinics and county health departments often offer low-cost routine vaccinations or booster shots. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services[5] offers a public clinic locator by zipcode.
Shopping for tetanus diphtheria vaccine:
  • You can visit your doctor for routine vaccinations and booster shots. Or, drug stores, such as Walgreens and CVS[6] have clinics that offer routine vaccinations for adults in some store locations. Or, the CDC offers resources to help you find a travel clinic[7] .
  • The Td vaccination is considered very safe, and the most common side effect is redness or swelling at the vaccination site. In rare cases, a serious allergic reaction or deep pain and muscle wasting in the upper arm can occur.
Material on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Always consult your physician or pharmacist regarding medications or medical procedures.
 
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TDAP
Amount: $213.72
Posted by: Johnny Smitty in Mayfield, OH.Posted: July 21st, 2014 07:07AM
Medical Facility/Clinic: HILLCREST HOSPITALInsurance: YES (PPO_
Insurance Covered 45 dollars- Hospital billing me 168.49 - Bullsh** This shot is 65 dollars at wallgreens- Make sure you shop around before you let the hospital give it to you after you have your baby. Fucking rotten healthcare system in the US
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PRIME CARE IN SALINAS, CA CHARGING ME $355
Amount: $255.00
Posted by: salvador dominguez in SALINAS, CA.Posted: October 28th, 2013 09:10PM
Medical Facility/Clinic: PRIME CAREInsurance: BLUE SHIELD PPO
I WENT TO PRIME CARE AND THE DR ASKED ME IF I HAD RECENTLY HAD TETANUS I TOLD HIM SO OFFERED IT TO ME NEVER DID I ASK THE COST OR DID THEY MENTION THAT IT WOULD COST ME $355 FOR THIS VACCINE. I AM VERY UPSET I COULD OF BEEN TOLD AND YES I SHOULD OF ASKED BUT THIS PRICE IS RIDICULOUS
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TDaP
Amount: $63.99
Posted by: A M in Denver, CO.Posted: September 23rd, 2013 06:09PM
Medical Facility/Clinic: Walgreens/CVCInsurance: No
My insurance won't cover(too low) so I had to pay the 63.99. Not bad and took 25min.
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Free shot
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: jillyd in Cedar City, UT.Posted: April 15th, 2013 04:04AM
Medical Facility/Clinic: Public Health DepartmentInsurance: none
I was able to get this vaccine for travel purposes for free from the Utah Public Health Department.
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TDAP (tetanus) booster
Amount: $85.00
Posted by: Gay Wagner in Dayville, CT.Posted: February 24th, 2013 07:02AM
Medical Facility/Clinic: NE CT Med.GroupInsurance: Medicare A&B, AARP Part D, AARP medigap
Important preventive treatment, should be covered by my seamless insurance. As an active gardener, I believe this coverage is prudent and could save the insurors a lot of money.
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Tdap vaccine
Amount: $123.00
Posted by: G Midyett in Paducah, KY.Posted: December 26th, 2012 07:12AM
Medical Facility/Clinic: Jackson Purchase MedicalInsurance: Medicare
Medicare did not approve charges therefore AARP supplement did not pay. We were billed $123, $90 for Tdap solution and $30 for giving it.
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Tetanus/diptheria
Amount: $1,040.00
Posted by: Upset about cost in Ocala, Fl in Ocala, FL.Posted: November 19th, 2012 09:11AM
Medical Facility/Clinic: Ocala RegionalInsurance: Medicaid
I cant see how come the bill was so expensive. Is it because I had medicaid?
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Tetanus Diptheria Booster
Amount: $38.94
Posted by: a user in Jacksonville, FL.Posted: November 5th, 2012 01:11PM
Medical Facility/Clinic: County Health DepartmentInsurance: None
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T D A P VACCINE
Amount: $100.00
Posted by: R FITZ in falmouth, MA.Posted: September 19th, 2012 04:09PM
Medical Facility/Clinic: STEWARD MED GROUPInsurance: BC/BS of MA
77 Year old 2'dg burn on arm vaccine not covered
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dtap
Amount: $53.24
Posted by: Slee in San Francisco, CA.Posted: August 23rd, 2012 05:08PM
Medical Facility/Clinic: costco pharmacyInsurance: without insurance
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Tetanus Diptheria Booster
Amount: $30.00
Posted by: Aaron in Sugar Land, TX.Posted: July 6th, 2012 10:07AM
Medical Facility/Clinic: Medspring, Sugar Land, TXInsurance: BlueCross BlueShield
Stepped on a rusty nail 10 years and 1 month after last tetanus booster. My co-pay was only $30, haven't seen the bill yet so I'm not sure what the total was. This (urgent care) clinic was amazing though. Super clean, very friendly staff, free coffee and snacks, TV and couch in every patient room... I went over lunch and was in and out in about 30 minutes. Best booster experience I've ever had.
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Tetanus vacc
Amount: $1,056.00
Posted by: a user in Placerville, CA.Posted: March 3rd, 2012 12:03PM
Medical Facility/Clinic: Marshall Hospital Placerville,CaInsurance: Kaiser
Last December,I cut my leg. I had a tetanus vaccine last May with a shoulder surgery. The emergency room asked me it I had a recent tetanus vaccine at the time, but after recieving both hydromorphone and diazepam, I could of said anything. They charged me over a thousand dollars for a tetanus vaccine that I didn't even need. $290.00 of that cost was for the nurse to give the vaccine. After calling the billing office to dispute it, they would not call me back. I can see the cause of our current health care crisis . Ripping off the insurance companies. And the insurance companies willing to pay the extorsion instead of standing up for the consumer.
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TDAP Vaccination
Amount: $203.00
Posted by: Mary Ann Cognato in Albuquerque, NM.Posted: January 17th, 2012 01:01PM
Medical Facility/Clinic: University of New Mexico HospitalInsurance: BCBS of NM
Dr. encouraged getting TDAP. Since, I was to be around very young babies, I said ok. Was told by nurse it would for sure be covered by insurance and at most it might cost my $30 copay. Have spent since 11/30/11 just trying to file a dispute and getting anyone to call me back. Have received 3 bills and am afraid I'll have to pay or be sent to a collection agency.
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TDAP Vaccine >7IM
Amount: $60.00
Posted by: tortsking in Wyncote, PA, PA.Posted: January 12th, 2012 03:01PM
Medical Facility/Clinic: Primary Care Physician,Wyncote PAInsurance: BRAVO Medicare Advantage Plan (Classic)
Although Bravo sent written letter recommending getting TD (tetnus & diptheria) shot, and sent out a case worker who said the same thing, doctor recommended TDAP Vaccine with pertussis vaccine also included this one time, even though I am over 65, with certain other medical issues. Still Bravo denied the claim stating doctor failed to get advanced permission. I am filing claims appeal.
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Tetanus Booster
Amount: $750.00
Posted by: evergladeswitch in Farmington, CT.Posted: December 21st, 2011 05:12PM
Medical Facility/Clinic: John Dempsey Hospital ERInsurance: none
My Husband cut his finger at work and was bleeding profusely, so his boss took him to the ER. He received 9 stitches and a Tetanus booster. The entire bill was over $2000 and while workers comp will cover it my husband asked for an itemized bill. When we got it, we couldn't believe that they charged him $750 for a Tetanus shot! Is this normal for an ER bill? After seeing here what it costs through a Doctors office in my area, I think we are going to dispute this.
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Tetanus booster only
Amount: $77.00
Posted by: JDinWA in Bellevue, WA.Posted: September 27th, 2011 02:09PM
Medical Facility/Clinic: Overlake Medical ClinicInsurance: Blue Cross
The insurance paid it, but I noticed on my statement of benefits that the clinic charged $22 and $55. When I called to ask why there were two immunizations listed, I was told one charge was for the shot and the other charge was for giving the shot. Really? Why not separate charges for the needle and bandaid too? Medical billing just seems like an out-of-control racket these days.
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Tdap, tetanus, booster
Amount: $178.00
Posted by: Denny in Alturas, CA.Posted: September 12th, 2011 10:09AM
Medical Facility/Clinic: Modoc Medical centerInsurance: medicare
Was charged $178.00 for office visit, and $178.00 for the injection. total $356.00. seems very expensive....
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TDAP shot
Amount: $48.03
Posted by: Kal in ASHLAND, OR.Posted: June 9th, 2011 10:06AM
Medical Facility/Clinic: Community Health CenterInsurance: None
I went into this clinic for another purpose, and was asked if I also wanted a tetanus shot "as long as I was there". I said ok, and was not informed there was an extra charge, until I got a bill for $48.
I now know I could have gone to the County Health Department for a fee of $15 for the same thing.
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Tetanus Diptheria Booster
Amount: $80.00
Posted by: Sylvie in Ashland, OR.Posted: March 7th, 2011 10:03AM
Medical Facility/Clinic: Family PracticeInsurance: no
We paid $80 cash for a tetanus booster. I called around and found another family practice offered it for $105. The urgent care clinic 20 miles away charges $45, and the county clinic charges $15!!! If I had known that, I would have gone the 25 miles.
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Tetanus Diphtheria Pertussis
Amount: $121.00
Posted by: rodelbirds in Elkhart, IN.Posted: October 15th, 2010 09:10AM
Medical Facility/Clinic: Elkhart Clinic LLCInsurance: none
Puncture wound in hand while away from home. Paid additional $155 up front for "urgent care" treatment. Very disappointed in health care facility chosen. Cost seems way too much, and was not informed that I would receive an additional bill for Tdap vaccination booster. Also was charged $89.13 for x-rays taken to find a sliver of wood - seems to most reasonable people that wood would not show up on a standard x-ray. This is why our Health Care system is in such disarray.
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Tetanus Diphtheria Pertussis
Amount: $76.00
Posted by: brightcorner in Storm Lake, IA.Posted: May 14th, 2010 07:05AM
Medical Facility/Clinic: Buena Vista ClinicInsurance: Select Benefits
Insurance did not pay as was considered routine medical exam although I had a puncture wound on my foot.
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