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Vaccines For Children Program
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What is the Vaccines for Children Program? (CDC web site)
Which children are eligible for the Vaccines for Children Program? 
How to Become a Vaccines For Children Provider in Oklahoma

Vaccine Information Statements (CDC web site) It's federal law! (IAC web site) You must give your patients Vaccine Information Statements.

What's New:

2015-16 Influenza Season Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) Recommendations (CDC website)

Additional guidance for providers regarding 9-valent HPV vaccine use among persons who previously received 2-valent HPV or 4-valent HPV vaccine.

Meningococcal group B (MenB) vaccines now available through the VFC Program for ages 16–18 years (CDC web site) This includes adolescents and young adults who do not have a condition or are not in a situation which increases their risk for serogroup B meningococcal disease.

Meningococcal B Recommendations for Persons Aged ≥10 Years at Increased Risk for Serogroup B Meningococcal Disease (CDC  web site)

2015 Recommended Childhood and Adolescent Schedule - United States (CDC web site)

Parents: Healthcare Providers:
Which Children are Eligible for the Vaccines for Children program in Oklahoma?
To find a clinic or doctor near you that participates in the VFC program call your local county health department and ask for your Immunization Field Consultant. How to Become a Vaccines For Children Provider in Oklahoma
Over 800 clinics and doctor’s offices in Oklahoma participate in the Vaccines for Children Program, including all county health departments and Indian Health Service and tribal clinics and many private doctors.   Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) Recommendations (CDC website)
If your child has private insurance, vaccines are probably covered by your insurance. Oklahoma's Insurance Law requires most health insurance plans to cover all vaccines required to attend school and child care in Oklahoma. Provider Resource Guide for the Oklahoma Vaccines For Children Program
There is no charge for any vaccines given by a VFC provider to eligible children. But there can be some other costs with a vaccination: VFC Resolutions (CDC web site)

Doctors can charge a fee to administer each shot. If the family can't afford the fee, the fee must be excused. A VFC-eligible child cannot be refused a vaccination due to the parent's or guardian's inability to pay for shot administration.

Report Vaccine Reactions (Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System web site)

There can be a fee for the office visit.

Guide to Immunization Requirements in Oklahoma - 2015-16 School Year (61k.pdf)

There can be fees for other non-vaccine services provided during the same visit like an eye exam or blood test.

Training for VFC Providers and Their Staff (CDC web site)

You Call the Shots web-based training course (CDC web site)

Keeping Up with Immunizations. What Medical Assistants Need to Know. Medical Assistants Resources and Training on Immunizations CE credit available (MARTi web site)

Facts for Parents: Diseases & the Vaccines that Prevent Them (CDC web site) Provider Resources for Vaccine Conversations with Parents (CDC web site)

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Which Children are Eligible for the Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program?

Children from birth through 18 years of age in the following categories are eligible for Vaccines For Children vaccines:

  • SoonerCare eligible: A child who is eligible for the Medicaid program (SoonerCare in Oklahoma) or is enrolled in the medicaid program.
  • Uninsured: A child who has no health insurance coverage
  • American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • Underinsured:
    • A child who has private health insurance but whose insurance coverage does not include vaccines,
    • A child whose insurance covers only selected vaccines (VFC-eligible for non-covered vaccines only),
    • A child whose insurance caps vaccine coverage at a certain amount. Once that coverage amount is reached, the child is categorized as underinsured and is eligible to receive VFC vaccines.
  • 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.

How to Become a Vaccines for Children (VFC) Provider

1. Complete the following forms online: 2016 VFC Provider Agreement (1mb.pdf)  and Provider Profile (680k.pdf). 

2. Print and sign the forms and make a copy for your records. 
Note: If you have any questions about completing the forms, call your local Immunization Field Consultant, or contact the Oklahoma State Department of Health’s Immunization Service at 405-271-4073. List of Oklahoma Immunization Field Consultants (31k.pdf)

3. Send the signed originals of the forms to:

Oklahoma State Department of Health - IMM Service
1000 NE 10th Street
Oklahoma City OK 73117

4. Begin recording your refrigerator and freezer temperatures. You can use the Oklahoma VFC Refrigerator and Freezer Temperature Log (256k.pdf)  Refrigerator and freezer temperatures must be within the required range to store vaccines.

Important Guidelines for Vaccine Storage Units: 

5. Complete the 2 VFC Orientation visits.  After your forms are received in our office, you will be contacted by a representative of the Immunization Service to schedule two orientation visits:

  • VFC Program Orientation - including a review of the requirements for participation in the VFC Program.
  • Clinical Orientation - including vaccine administration and vaccine schedules 
    Most of the requirements are procedures that all clinics providing vaccines already have in place.

6. Receive your first shipment of vaccine.
You will receive your first shipment of vaccine after the orientation visits are completed, and when documentation that your refrigerator and freezer temperatures are within the required temperature range for 5 days has been reviewed. 

Clinics enrolling in the VFC Program will receive a VFC Provider Resource Guide and regular visits by an Immunization Field Consultant.
For more information visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention VFC web site (exit to CDC web site) or call the Immunization Service at 800-234-6196 or (405) 271-4073.

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Oklahoma Vaccines For Children Program Provider Resource Guide 

Do Not Disconnect Signs (1mb.pdf) Proper Handling of Reconstituted Vaccines (436k.pdf)
Vaccine Storage Emergency Procedures & Contacts 264k.pdf) Do Not Discard Multi-Dose Vials of Vaccine (676k.pdf)
Checklist for Safe Vaccine Handling and Storage (225k.pdf) Vaccine Transport Policy (223k.pdf)
Vaccine Handling Tips (387k.pdf) Thermometer Requirements and Guide (188k.pdf)
Vaccine Storage Incident Report (960k.pdf) Refrigerator & Freezer Temperature Logs (256k.pdf)
Vaccine Manufacturer Quality Control Telephone Numbers (399k.pdf)

Need help responding to vaccine-hesitant parents? (exit to Immunization Action Coalition web site)
VFC Resources & Contact Information (254k.pdf)

Vaccine Age Limits by Licensure in the U.S. (388k.pdf) Fact Sheet for Vaccine Information Statements, Including Q & As (331k.pdf)
Schedule for Persons Birth through 18 Years (CDC web site) Screening Questionnaire for Child and Teen Immunization (Immunization Action Coalition  -IAC web site)
Recommended and Minimum Ages and Intervals Between Doses of Routinely Recommended Vaccines (248k.pdf) Quick Guide to Contraindications to Vaccines (IAC web site)
Quick Glance Schedules (307k.pdf) Administering Vaccines: Dose, Route, Site, and Needle Size (187k.pdf)
Proper Use of Combination Vaccines (252k.pdf) Comforting Restraint (California Dept. of Health web site)
Know the Rotavirus Schedule (206k.pdf) Vaccine Administration Guidelines: Appendix D from the Pink Book (CDC web site)
Know the Hib Schedule and Hib Schedule Summary (257k.pdf) After the Shots ...What To Do If Your Child Has Discomfort (IAC web site)
PCV13 Vaccination Schedules (328k.pdf) Intervals between Live Vaccines and Other Rules (506k.pdf)
MCV4 Schedules (240k.pdf) Proper Handling of Reconstituted Vaccines (436k.pdf)
Guide to Immunization Requirements in Oklahoma - 2015-2016 School Year (61k.pdf) Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) Information (U.S.H.H.S.web site)
Key Information on Implementation of the Tdap Requirement for 7th Grade Entry in Oklahoma (223k.pdf) VAERS Table of Reportable Events (U.S.H.H.S.  web site)
Completing the DTaP Series with Tdap and Td at Age Seven and Older (262k.pdf) Surveillance for Adverse Events Following Immunization (CDC web site)

For more information on influenza, please visit the Seasonal Influenza page and the Information for Health Professionals page on this web site.

Past Issues of Oklahoma Immunization Updates


January 2015 Oklahoma Immunization Update (74k.pdf)
February 2015 Oklahoma Immunization Update (67k.pdf) 
March 2015 Oklahoma Immunization Update (129k.pdf)
April 2015 Oklahoma Immunization Update (85.5k.pdf) 
May 2015 Oklahoma Immunization Update (85k.pdf)
June 2015 Oklahoma Immunization Update (93k.pdf)
July 2015 Oklahoma Immunization Update (141k.pdf)
August 2015 Oklahoma Immunization Update (83k.pdf)
September 2015 Oklahoma Immunization Update (90k.pdf)
October 2015 Oklahoma Immunization Update (75k.pdf) 



January 2014 Oklahoma Immunization Update (49.k.pdf) 

February 2014 Oklahoma Immunization Update (96k.pdf)
March 2014 Oklahoma Immunization Update (48k.pdf)
April 2014 Oklahoma Immunization Update  (43k.pdf)
May 2014 Oklahoma Immunization Update (159k.pdf)
June 2014 Oklahoma Immunization Update (145k.pdf)
July 2014 Oklahoma Immunization Update
August 2014 Oklahoma Immunization Update (268k.pdf)
September 2014 Oklahoma Immunization Update (284k.pdf)
October 2014 Oklahoma Immunization Update (190k.pdf)
November 2014 Oklahoma Immunization Update (223k.pdf)
December 2014 Oklahoma Immunization Update (73.2k.pdf) 


For editions prior to 2014 contact the Immunization Service at (405) 271-4073


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Special Announcements
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.

Frequently Asked Questions
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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