Vaccines for Children
Immunization has saved millions of lives over the years and has prevented hundred of millions of cases of disease. Immunization of children not only protects them from very serious diseases but it also protects their friends and classmates from the same diseases, protects future generations, and helps rid the world of diseases.
For more information read The Parents’ Guide to Childhood Immunizations which helps parents and caregivers learn about the role vaccines play in helping keep children healthy available from the CDC.
CDC Vaccines for Children Program
Camelback Health Care is proud to participate in Vaccines for Children (VFC) program offered through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The VFC helps families of children who may not otherwise have access to vaccines by providing free vaccines to doctors who serve them.
Children through 18 years of age who meet at least one of the following criteria are eligible to receive VFC vaccine:
- Medicaid eligible: A child who is eligible for the Medicaid program. (For the purposes of the VFC program, the terms “Medicaid-eligible” and “Medicaid-enrolled” are equivalent and refer to children who have health insurance covered by a state Medicaid program)
- Uninsured: A child who has no health insurance coverage
- American Indian or Alaska Native: As defined by the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (25 U.S.C. 1603)
- Underinsured: A child who has commercial (private) health insurance but the coverage does not include vaccines, a child whose insurance covers only selected vaccines (VFC-eligible for non-covered vaccines only), or a child whose insurance caps vaccine coverage at a certain amount. Once that coverage amount is reached, the child is categorized as underinsured. Underinsured children are eligible to receive VFC vaccine only through a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) or Rural Health Clinic (RHC).
If you have any questions about the Vaccines for Children program please contact Camelback Health Care at (602) 368-5861 or email us at [email protected].
The Schedules list the ages (birth through 6 years old and 7 through 18 years old) for when each vaccine or series of shots is to be given. If your child or adolescent has missed any shots, consult the catch-up schedule AND check us about getting back on track.