The Dangers of Gardening
This just in from Medicare.gov…
“Gardening this summer? Whether you’re new to gardening or an expert, remember to keep your health and safety a priority.
Did you know that gardeners can be prone to tetanus infections? Tetanus lives in the soil and enters the body through breaks in the skin, especially when using sharp tools, digging in the dirt, or handling plants with sharp points.
Before you start gardening this season:
Make sure your tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap) vaccination is up-to-date. Medicare prescription drug coverage (Part D) generally covers shots needed to prevent illness. Contact your Medicare drug plan for more information about coverage.
Have a good set of gardening gloves, which can help lower the risk for skin irritations and cuts.”
Who knew gardening was so risky?? The important point here is that you will need to have a Part D Medicare Drug Plan or (or some Medicare Advantage plans) in order for this vaccination to be covered by insurance. This type of vaccination is not covered by Original Medicare.