Vaccines for Children
The VFC Program was established in 1994 to make vaccines available to uninsured children. An estimated 472 million illnesses and 1,052,000 deaths were prevented from 1994 and 2021.
The VFC Program gets vaccines to children birth through 18 years of age whose families are Medicaid-eligible, uninsured, uninsured for vaccines (at some VFC provider offices), and/or are Alaskan Native/American Indian. The goal is to make sure all children get their vaccines on time. The vaccines are officially recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice (ACIP). These vaccines protect babies, young children, and teenagers from 16 different diseases.
The cost of VFC vaccine is paid for by the US Government. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) uses the money received from the government to buy vaccines at a discount. The vaccine is sent through the Arkansas Department of Health to VFC-enrolled providers in the state at no cost. Providers may bill an administration fee to help offset the cost of vaccine administration.
If you are interested in receiving VFC vaccines for your clinic, submit a ticket to the AR WebIZ Help Desk or contact the ADH Immunization Program at 501-537-8969.
The IQIP Program provides a simple quality improvement (QI) Process for VFC-enrolled providers to improve their clinic vaccination processes and increase their patient vaccination coverage rates.
For more information visit: VFC: Vaccines for Children Program at the CDC or Immunization Quality Improvement for Providers (IQIP) at the CDC.
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