|Vaccines for Children (VFC) is a federally-funded and state-operated vaccine supply program. VFC provides free vaccine to eligible children. The vaccine itself is free, however providers may charge an administration fee to help offset costs. Participating providers are not able to turn patients away for an inability to pay the requested administration fee. Through the combined efforts of public immunization clinics and private physicians, the program strives to increase vaccine coverage levels nationwide. |
Children must meet one of the following criteria to be eligible for VFC vaccines:
- Be enrolled in the Medicaid or Kids Connections program
- Have no health insurance coverage
- American Indian or Alaskan Native
- Underinsured: the child may have some health insurance but the benefit plan doesn’t include immunizations.
The VFC program was created to meet the vaccination needs of children from birth through 18 years of age as recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). The ACIP and the American Academy of Pediatrics are working closely to ensure uniformity in the childhood immunization schedule. The vaccines available through the VFC program currently include: diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, haemophilus influenza type b, poliomyelitis, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, pneumococcal, influenza, varicella, meningococcal, rotavirus, hepatitis A, human papilloma virus.
For more information, please call the VFC toll-free number: 1-800-798-1696.