VFC helps families by providing free vaccines to doctors who serve eligible children from birth to 18 years of age and is administered at the national level by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention) through the National Immunization Program. CDC contracts with vaccine manufacturers to buy vaccines at reduced rates.
The VFC program was designed to remove cost as a barrier to immunization for eligible children.
The VFC program is available to children who meet one of the following:
- eligible for Medicaid
- without health insurance
- American Indian or Alaska native
Diseases that can be prevented by the VFC program:
- Haemophilus influenzae type b (HiB)
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Pertussis (whooping cough)
- Pneumoccocal disease
- Rubella (German measles)
- Tetanus (lockjaw)
- Varicella (chickenpox)
Seldom seen in the U.S. these diseases do exist. The only way for continued protection of our children is continued vaccination against these diseases!
For more information on the VFC program contact either the PA Department of Health or
EMHS at 570-278-3801 ext 328.
The VFC website: www.cdc.gov/vaccines/rograms/vfc/default.htm
Note: children’s whose health insurance covers the cost of vaccinations are not eligible even when a claim is denied by the insurance carrier because the plan’s deductible has not been met.