Vaccines for Children Program (VFC)
Looking for information about vaccines?
You’ve come to the right place.
As part of the Chicago Department of Public Health’s Immunization Program, the Vaccines for Children Program offers vaccines at no cost for eligible children through doctors enrolled in the program. Vaccinating on time means healthier children, families and communities.
Read on to learn more about immunizations and the Vaccines for Children Program.
How Do Vaccines Help Babies Fight Infections?
What To Expect When Your Child Is Vaccinated
- The Journey of Your Child’s Vaccine
- Questions & Answers for Parents
- CDC: What Parents Need to Know (About Vaccines)
- 9 Things to Make Shots Less Stressful… For You and Your Baby
- 9 cosas para que las inyecciones sean menos estresantes… para usted y su bebé
- American Academy of Pediatrics, for Families
- Vaccinate Your Baby
- Families Fighting Flu
- Parents of Kids with Infectious Disease
- CDC - VFC - Infographic: 20 Years of Protection - Vaccines
Who is eligible for the VFC program?
Any child that is younger than 19 years of age and meets one of the following requirements:
- Amerian Indian or Alaska Native
What is "underinsured"?
Underinsured means your child has health insurance, but it:
- Doesn't cover vaccines
- Doesn't cover certain vaccines
*Underinsured children are eligible to receive vaccines only at
Federally Qualified Health Centers or Chicago Immunization Program Fast Track Clinics.
If you need help locating and FQHC or Chicago Immunization Fast Track Clinic contact the Chicago VFC Program.
What Are the costs or fees?
There is no charge for any vaccines by a VFC provider to eligible children. But there can be some other costs with a vaccination:
- Doctors can charge a set (or standard) fee to administer each shot. But if the family can't afford the fee per shot, 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 non-vaccine services, like an eye exam or blood test.