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What is the Vaccines for Children Program? (CDC website)
2013 Recommended Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedules - United States
New! Guidelines for vaccine storage units: Dormitory or dorm-style refrigerators are no longer acceptable for VFC vaccine storage at any time!
Oklahoma Immunization Update
Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) Recommendations
Pentacel Shortage Continues
2012-13 Influenza Season - VFC flu vaccine is still available for ordering. Call your Immunization Field Consultant to place an order.
The Vaccines for Children (VFC) program is a federally-funded state-operated program that provides vaccines at no cost to health care providers to administer to eligible children.
Children from birth through 18 years of age in the following categories are eligible for VFC vaccine:
Children whose health insurance covers the cost of vaccinations are not eligible for VFC vaccines, even when a claim for the cost of the vaccine and its administration would be denied for payment by the insurance carrier because the plan's deductible has not been met. While the vaccines are provided free of charge because they are purchased with federal tax dollars, doctors and clinics may charge an “administration fee” to help pay for their costs of doing business.
2013 Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule
1. Complete the following forms online.
2. Print the forms and make a copy for your records.
3. Send the originals of the forms to:
Oklahoma State Department of Health - IMM Service
4. Begin recording your refrigerator and freezer temperatures.
5. Complete the 2 VFC orientation visits.
6. Receive your first shipment of vaccine.
Clinics enrolling in the VFC Program will receive a VFC Provider Resource Guide and regular visits by an Immunization Field Consultant.
Oklahoma Vaccines For Children Program Provider Resource Guide 2012 Edition
Need help responding to vaccine-hesitant parents? and IAC's "Top 20" free handouts for healthcare professionals and patients (756k.pdf)
Letters to VFC Providers from the Immunization Service
2011-12 ACIP Influenza Vaccine Recommendations (282k.pdf) October 7, 2011
Oklahoma Immunization Update
January 2013 Oklahoma Immunization Update (64k.pdf)
January 2012 Oklahoma Immunization Update (133k.pdf)
For editions prior to 2012 contact the Immunization Service at (405) 271-4073
ACIP recommends all 11-12 year old males receive human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. View the press briefing here on the CDC website . Quadrivalent HPV vaccine is available through the VFC Program for males ages 9 through 18 years.
One dose of Tdap vaccine is now required for all students attending the 7th grade in Oklahoma. This requirement became effective in the 2011-2012 school year.
Q: Are all children enrolled in SoonerCare/Medicaid programs automatically VFC eligible?
A: Yes, all children from birth through 18 years of age who are covered by SoonerCare/Medicaid are considered VFC eligible because of their Medicaid status. Q: If a child is eligible for insurance and the parents choose not to insure the child, would the child be eligible for VFC vaccine?
A: If the child has no health insurance on the day he/she presents at the office for immunizations, regardless of the reason, the child would be VFC eligible because he/she is uninsured. Q: If a VFC-eligible child starts a vaccine series (such as hepatitis B) at age 18, can the series be completed using VFC vaccine after the child turns 19?
A: No. Children are eligible to participate in the VFC program only through age 18 years regardless of the child’s immunization status (series completed or series not completed) when they age out of VFC. Q: What do you mean by "underinsured?"
A: Underinsured means your child has health insurance, but it won’t cover the vaccine(s) because: • It doesn’t cover any vaccines. • It doesn’t cover certain vaccines. • It covers vaccines, but it has a fixed dollar limit or cap for vaccines. Once that fixed dollar amount has been reached, your child is eligible.
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