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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 (VFC) Program? 
How to Become a Vaccines For Children Provider in Oklahoma                                                                                                                                                                                

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

What's New:

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

HPV Resources
Talking to Your Parents about the HPV Vaccine
(AAP website)
HPV Champion Toolkit (AAP website)

Updated Oklahoma Vaccines for Children Provider Resource Guide

2016 Recommended Childhood and Adolescent Schedule - United States (CDC web site)

Guidance for Vaccinating Children during the Pentacel® Shortage  (89k.pdf) 

Information for Parents about the Vaccines for Children Program (CDC website)
The following children, birth through 18 years of age, are eligible to receive vaccine through the Vaccines For Children vaccines in Oklahoma:

  • SoonerCare eligible: A child who is enrolled in SoonerCare or who is eligible for SoonerCare 
  • Uninsured: A child who has no health insurance coverage
  • American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • Underinsured: (Underinsured children may receive VFC vaccines at county health departments, rural health clinics or federally qualified health centers.)
    • 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. 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.

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. 
There is no charge for any vaccines given by a VFC provider to eligible children. But there can be other costs:

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

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Information for Healthcare Providers about the Vaccines for Children Program

 

How to Become a Vaccines for Children (VFC) Provider in Oklahoma

1. Complete the following forms online: 2016 VFC Provider Agreement (1mb.pdf), Provider Profile (680k.pdf), Freezer Certification Form ( k.pdf) and Oklahoma State Immunization Information System(OSIIS) Authorized Site Agreement ( k.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 the Oklahoma State Department of Health’s Immunization Service at 405-271-4073.

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 using the VFC Temperature Log (256k.pdf)  Refrigerator and freezer temperatures must be within the required range to store vaccines. Note that dormitory or dorm-style refrigerators are no longer acceptable for VFC vaccine storage at any time! Refer to the documents below for acceptable refrigerators and freezers to store vaccines requirements for thermometers.

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

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 regular visits by an Immunization Field Consultant.

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Oklahoma Vaccines For Children Program Provider Resource Guide 

1. VFC Program and VFC Provider Responsibilities

2. Vaccine Storage and Handling Requirements

Immunization Schedules and Oklahoma Requirements

Recommended Schedules for Persons Aged 0 through 18 Years United States 2016 (CDC web site) Meningococcal Vaccine Recommendations by Age and Risk Factor for Serogroups A, C, W, or Y Protection (IAC website)
OK by One Schedule Meningococcal Vaccine Recommendations by Age and Risk Factor for Serogroup B Protection (IAC website)
Recommended and Minimum Ages and Intervals Between Doses of Routinely Recommended Vaccines (CDC website) Proper Use of Combination Vaccines (252k.pdf)
Quick Glance Schedule  (52k.pdf Intervals between Live Vaccines and Other Rules (506k.pdf)
Know the Hib Schedule and Hib Schedule Summary (257k.pdf) Completing the DTaP Series with Tdap and Td at Age Seven and Older (262k.pdf)
PCV13 Vaccination Schedules (328k.pdf) Guide to Immunization Requirements in Oklahoma - 2015-2016 School Year (61k.pdf)
Know the Rotavirus Schedule (206k.pdf) Implementation of the Tdap Requirement for 7th Grade Entry in Oklahoma (223k.pdf)

Vaccine Administration

Vaccine Reactions Reporting and Requirements

Resources For Vaccine Providers

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

 

Past Issues of Oklahoma Immunization Updates

 

2015
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) 
November 2015 Oklahoma Immunization Update (81k.pdf)
December 2015 Oklahoma Immunization Update (91k.pdf)

 

2016
January 2016 Oklahoma Immunization Update
(80k.pdf)
February 2016 Oklahoma Immunization Update (77k.pdf)
March 2016 Oklahoma Immunization Update (156k.pdf)
April 2016 Oklahoma Immunization Update (172k.pdf)

 

For editions prior to 2015 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: Doesn't cover vaccines, or Doesn't cover certain vaccines, or Covers vaccines but has a fixed dollar limit or cap for vaccines. Once that fixed dollar amount is reached, your child is then eligible.


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