Is It Covered?

Search the A-Z list for a list of covered services. Your coverage and out-of-pocket costs may vary based on who you are and your health plan option.

Flu Vaccine

There are two forms of flu vaccine in the U.S., and TRICARE covers both:

Flu Shot
  • An injectable, inactivated vaccine that contains a killed virus
  • Can be used in all age groups 6 months and older
  • Recommended for ages 6 months to 64 years
  • High dose vaccine intended for beneficiaries age 65 years and older 
Flu Mist
  • An intranasal spray made with live, weakened influenza viruses
  • Limited to use in people who are between the ages of 2 and 49 years
  • Not intended for women who are pregnant 

You can get the flu vaccine at no cost from:

For all locations, call ahead for the days and times the flu vaccine is available and the age range served.

If visiting a participating network pharmacy, call the pharmacy first to ask:

  • What days and times is the flu vaccine available?
  • Do they have the vaccine you need?
  • Does a pharmacist administer the vaccines and not a provider from an in-pharmacy clinic? (to avoid potential cost shares or copayments)
  • Are there any restrictions, including for children?

If your state has a restriction, consider visiting a military hospitals or clinic, or have your primary care physician administer the vaccine to your child.

Active Duty & Guard/Reserve Members

You are required to get the flu vaccine. You have priority for getting the vaccine at military pharmacies, but you can also get the vaccine at participating network pharmaies. When received at a network pharmacy, follow your Service policy guidance for recording the vaccine in your shot record. You'll need the following information from the network pharmacy:

  • The date the vaccine was given
  • The vaccine name or code
  • Manufacturer
  • Lot number

Flu Prevention

Preventing the spread of the flu is as easy as 1, 2, 3...

1. Get Vaccinated.

Everyone six months and older should get a flu vaccine. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the following people should be vaccinated each year:

  • All children aged six months to 18 years
  • Adults aged 50 years and older
  • Persons with underlying chronic medical conditions
  • All women who are be pregnant during the influenza season
  • Health care workers involved in direct patient care
  • Child care and elderly care workers
  • Persons at high risk of severe complications from influenza

2. Take Steps Daily to Prevent the Spread of the Flu.

  • Wash your hands with soap and warm/hot water
  • Use an alcohol-based sanitizer when hand-washing is not possible
  • Cover your mouth or nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Avoid contact with your nose, eyes or mouth
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home if you have flu-like symptoms

3. Take Anti-viral Drugs When Recommended.

Your doctor may prescribe anti-viral drugs to treat your flu symptoms. Search the TRICARE Formulary to learn more about anti-viral drugs.


This A-Z list of topics is not all inclusive. TRICARE covers most inpatient and outpatient care that is medically necessary and considered proven. However, there are special rules or limits on certain types of care, while other types of care are not covered at all.

Did you know?

TRICARE coverage for vaccines is based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Visit theĀ CDC website to learn more.

Last Updated 9/15/2014