Keeping Your Military Child Healthy with TRICARE


During the month of April, the Department of Defense recognizes the unique contributions of the military child. Military kids serve too, and their strength and resilience is especially celebrated this month. The overall health and wellness of military children is key to the success and happiness of military families. TRICARE covers well-child care for children up to age 6 (from birth through age 5).

Well-child care services include:

“The frequent relocations and deployments that military children experience can be stressful,” said Dr. Paul Cordts, deputy assistant director for medical affairs at the Defense Health Agency. “It’s important to speak with your child’s doctor if you have concerns.”

The Military Health System provides a number of programs to help children cope with the realities of military life. TRICARE covers medically and psychologically necessary mental health care.

TRICARE covers age-appropriate vaccines as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Make sure to speak with your child’s health care provider about staying up-to-date on vaccinations. If you aren’t sure if TRICARE covers a vaccine you need, talk to your health care provider. If you have questions, you can also contact your TRICARE regional contractor. You can get covered vaccines from any TRICARE-authorized providerAn authorized provider is any individual, institution/organization, or supplier that is licensed by a state, accredited by national organization, or meets other standards of the medical community, and is certified to provide benefits under TRICARE. There are two types of TRICARE-authorized providers: Network and Non-Network. DS at no cost to you.

Eye care is also important to your child’s health. TRICARE covers well-child eye exams every two years beginning at age 3. You may seek care from either an optometrist or ophthalmologist. There is no cost, regardless of your TRICARE health plan.

During Military Children’s Health Month, find resources to help support children’s health and fitness. Learn more about well-child care and take command of your and your family’s health this year.

At the time of posting, this information is current. For the most recent information, contact your TRICARE contractor or local military hospital or clinic.

Last Updated 10/14/2021