Arizona Immunization Program

Vaccines for Children (VFC)

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Background

The Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program is a federally funded program that provides vaccines at no cost to children who might not otherwise be vaccinated because of inability to pay. The program was officially implemented in October 1994 as part of the President's Childhood Immunization Initiative. Funding for the VFC Program allows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to buy vaccines at a discount from the manufacturers and distribute them to state health departments and certain local and territorial public health agencies, which in turn distribute them at no charge to private physician offices and public health clinics registered as VFC providers.

*Excerpted from the Federal VFC Operations Guide