About Vaccines for Children (VFC)
Vaccines are one of the best ways to keep your children healthy. The VFC program gives you access to free vaccines. Vaccines prevent many diseases and stop viruses from spreading.
The VFC program:
- Provides vaccines for children
- Covers vaccines recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
- Saves parents and doctors out-of-pocket expenses for vaccines.
- Vaccinates more children by removing cost as a barrier.
- Offers better care for children by encouraging families to get vaccines from the child's doctor.
Who is eligible for VFC
Children ages 18 years and younger can get vaccines for free or at a lower cost. Your child is eligible if they:
- Are enrolled or eligible for Medicaid.
- Are American Indian or Alaska Native, as defined by the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (25 U.S.C 1603).
- Don’t have health insurance.
- Have health insurance that doesn’t pay for all vaccines, making them eligible through a Federal Qualified Health Center or a Rural Health Clinic.
Just for parents
If your child is eligible for VFC, doctors in the VFC program can’t charge you for the vaccine.
Some doctors might charge fees for the office visit or to administer the vaccine. By law, they must give your child the vaccine even if you can’t afford to pay the administrative fee. If your child has Medicaid coverage, then Medicaid will pay for the office visit.
Find a VFC doctor near you
Check out our flyer, P-02984, for parents about the VFC program. (PDF)
For answers to other questions about Vaccines For Children, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.
Just for health care providers
Health professionals interested in becoming a VFC provider
The CDC website offers more details on the VFC program.
If you’re a health care provider and would like to enroll in VFC, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll explain steps to enroll as a VFC provider.
Training for new primary and backup vaccine coordinators (updated Nov 2021)
Watch the New Coordinator Training video.
Print the VFC New Coordinator Orientation slideshow, P-03130 (PDF)
Annual training (updated June 2021)
To comply with the VFC program’s annual training requirement, primary and backup vaccine coordinators at your clinic must:
Vaccines available through VFC
Vaccines are available to VFC providers at no cost for children less than 19 years of age. This includes all vaccines approved by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.
When the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends a newly approved vaccine, we’ll add it to the VFC program. Providers can order that vaccine as soon as it becomes available.
Vaccines currently available:
- DTaP, IPV (Kinrix)
- DTaP, Hep B, IPV (Pediarix)
- DTaP, HIB, IPV (Pentacel)
- Haemophilus Influenzae B (Pedvax and ActHib)
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
- Influenza Vaccine
- Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
- Men B
- Meningococcal Conjugate (MCV4)
- Pneumovax 23
- Rotavirus (RotaTeq and Rotarix)
If you have questions regarding VFC vaccines, email email@example.com.
Compare VFC and COVID-19 vaccination programs (updated June 2021)
Have questions about the different vaccine requirements for VFC and COVID-19? See the CDC’s program comparison.
Wisconsin vaccine transport requirements
See our summary of the Wisconsin Vaccine Transport Requirements, P-02724 (PDF) for providers.
Temperature excursion reporting and workflow
It is important to store vaccines at the correct temperature. Proper storage allows vaccines to stay effective and protect our communities. Every vaccine storage unit must have a temperature monitoring device. Temperature logs show when temperatures go out of range, called an excursion.
When the temperature in a storage unit goes out of range:
- Take immediate action. Move the affected vaccine to a working storage unit. Label the vaccines “Do not use,” but don’t throw out the affected vaccine.
- Follow the instructions and guidance regarding temperature excursions, P-02050 (PDF)
For your convenience, here are phone numbers to contact the vaccine manufacturers:
- GlaxoSmithKline: 877-356-8368
- MedImmune: 877-663-4411
- Merck: 215-631-5852
- Pfizer: 800-438-1985
- Sanofi-Pasteur: 800-822-2463
- If you need further guidance, email the Temperature Excursion Incident Report, P-02257 (PDF) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to copy your VFC representative on the email.
Resources and forms
- VFC Resource Guide, P-02723 (PDF)
- CDC VFC Information for Providers
- CDC Vaccine Storage and Handling Toolkit (PDF)
- Vaccine Restitution Policy-Agreement, F-01744 (PDF)
- Vaccine Return—Request for Authorization to Return, F-02287 (PDF)
- Vaccine Administration Record, F-44702
- Wasted Vaccine Record, F-02328 (PDF)
- VFC Change of Information, F-02329 (PDF)
- Printable temperature logs