Vaccine For Children
Gunnison Valley Health Family Medicine Clinic is a registered Vaccines
For Children (VFC) provider. The VFC program is a federally funded program
through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that helps
ensure that all children have a better chance of getting their recommended
vaccinations on time without cost being a barrier.
What is a Vaccine For Children (VFC) Provider?
A Vaccine For Children (VFC) provider means that we have the ability to
provide regular immunizations, at no cost for the vaccine, to uninsured
children and those insured through state-funded programs such as Medicaid.
Which children are eligible for VFC?
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)
Note: 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 had not been met.
For more information and frequently asked questions,visit the CDC’s Vaccine For Children Program.
Why should I get my child immunized?
On-time vaccination throughout childhood is essential because it helps
provide immunity before children are exposed to potentially life-threatening
diseases. Immunization is a safe and effective way to protect your babies,
young children, and adolescents from at least 15 harmful and contagious
diseases. Vaccines are tested to ensure that they are safe and effective
for children to receive at the recommended ages.
When should I get my child immunized?
At the Family Medicine Clinic, children can receive vaccines during their
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How to schedule a vaccine or well-child visit? (add a pic of Dr. Hastings
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Contact Gunnison Valley Health’s Family Medicine Clinic at
970-642-8413 and schedule an appointment with Pediatrician,
Dr. Charlie Hastings, D.O., who specializes in the health and care of children from newborn to 18 years.