About the VFC Program
The VFC Program:
- Provides vaccines for eligible children, at no charge to VFC enrolled public and private providers.
- Automatically covers vaccines recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
- Saves parents and enrolled providers out-of-pocket expenses for vaccine.
- Eliminates or reduces vaccine cost as a barrier to vaccinating eligible children.
- Encourages keeping children in their medical home for comprehensive health care.
Information for Parents
Think you can't afford vaccines for your children?
You may qualify to receive vaccines through the VFC program.
Children through age 18 are eligible if:
- They are Medicaid eligible or Medicaid-enrolled
- They have no health insurance
- They are American Indian or Alaska Native, as defined by the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (25 U.S.C 1603)
- They have health insurance, but the coverage does not include vaccines, or only covers selected vaccines. They are only eligible to receive vaccines through a Federal Qualified Health Center (FQHC), or a Rural Health Clinic (RHC).
Find a doctor's office that is a part of the VFC program.
The VFC provider list includes, P-02450, all VFC providers serving Wisconsin sorted by city name. This list is current as of May 14, 2019. To find a complete list of VFC providers in your area as of today's date, feel free to contact your local health department. Please call ahead to verify the location of the provider, any costs associated with the visit, and to confirm the provider as the vaccines your child needs.
Information for VFC Providers
Updates from the VFC program
Posted 10/3/2019: Annual Training Requirement-2019.
The required 2019 Annual Training is available for both the primary and back-up VFC coordinators to complete. The training must be completed by January 17, 2020.
Posted 2/1/2018: Temperature Excursion Reporting form and workflow instructions.
Now that you are using data loggers to monitor temperatures in your VFC vaccine storage units, are you having more temperature excursions? Be sure to take steps to protect your vaccines and use the new Workflow Instructions, P-02050, and email the Temperature Excursion Reporting form, P-02257, to the VFC Program for further instructions. Please remember to include your VFC representative on the email.
Posted 12/12/2017: All VFC providers are required to use digital data loggers.
Who is eligible to receive VFC vaccines?
Children ages 0–18 years of age who meet at least one of the following criteria are eligible to receive VFC vaccines:
- Medicaid eligible
- American Indian or Alaska Native
- Underinsured children are eligible to receive VFC vaccine only through a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), or a Rural Health Center (RHC)
For more information about who is eligible for the VFC program, please visit the CDC website.
What vaccines are available through the VFC program?
Under the Vaccines for Children Program (VFC) all vaccines that are approved by the Advisory Council on Immunization Practices (ACIP) for children less than 19 years of age are available to providers enrolled in the VFC program. When a new vaccine is approved and the ACIP recommendations are published, the Wisconsin Immunization Program will have that vaccine available for providers to order as soon as it becomes available.
The current vaccines available are:
- 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, please send us an email with your contact information.
For Health Professionals who are interested in becoming a VFC provider
If you are a health care provider and would like to enroll in our VFC Program, send us an email with your contact information and we will send you enrollment information.
For additional information about the VFC program, please visit CDC website:
Trainings, Resources, and Forms for VFC Providers
VFC Trainings and Webinars
- All new coordinators and back-up coordinators are required to watch the new VFC Coordinators Training. The training is also available for coordinators who feel like they need a refresher on their role. The training can be viewed on demand. At the end of the training, you will take a short quiz and a survey. The results will automatically be emailed to you. Please keep the confirmation email for your records.
- Posted 4/6/2018 Watch the 2018 Annual Re-enrollment webinar. You can also download the slides from the webinar for your records.
Forms and Resources
- View CDC's Vaccine storage and handling tool kit
- Digital Data Logger Guidance from the Wisconsin VFC Program (2017)
- Vaccine Restitution Policy-Agreement
- Vaccine Return-Request for Authorization to Return Vaccine form F-02287
- Vaccine Administration Record English form F-44720 (PDF)
- Vaccine Administration Record Spanish form F-44720S (PDF)
- Wasted Vaccine Record, F-02328 (PDF)
- VFC Change of Information, F-02329 (PDF)
- Celsius freezer temperature log, P-3038C
- Celsius refrigerator temperature log, P-3037C
- Fahrenheit freezer temperature log, P-3038F
- Fahrenheit refrigerator temperature log, P-3037F
What happens if the temperature in my storage unit goes out of range?
Step 1. Take immediate action and move affected vaccine to a working storage unit
Step 2. Label the vaccines "DO NOT USE." Do not throw out affected vaccine
Step 3. Call the manufacturers to determine the viability of the vaccine. Request a "determination letter" be sent to you.
- GlaxoSmithKline: 877-356-8368
- MedImmune: 877-663-4411
- Merck: 215-631-5852
- Pfizer: 800-438-1985
- Sanofi-Pasteur: 800-822-2463
- Step 4. Email the determination letter, and the Temperature Excursion Incident Report (for more instructions take a look at the excursion workflow sheet) to the Wisconsin VFC Program. If vaccine is not usable, follow the steps to return spoiled vaccine which is found on the third page of the Temperature Excursion Incident Report. If vaccine is usable, follow the manufacturers instructions for use.
Remember: Look into what caused the temperatures to go out of range and fix the issue. If it was human error, please provide appropriate training. If it was the unit malfunctioning, please have repairs done prior to returning any usable vaccine to the unit.