Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program - Information for Healthcare Providers

If your vaccine storage refrigerators/freezers have experienced a power outage and your temperatures have gone out of range (36-46 F for refrigerators, or over 5F for freezers) DO NOT USE OR WASTE ANY AFFECTED VACCINE UNTIL YOU HAVE CONSULTED YOUR VACCINE MANAGEMENT PLAN AND WITH THE MANUFACTURER! Please call Washington State Department of Health VFC Support staff (see contact info to the right) to notify them of any temperature excursions. Contact Us If you are interested in becoming a VFC Provider within Spokane County or have any questions about our immunization programs, please contact: • 509.324.1611 • 509.324.1652 •

Summary Overview

Since 1990, Washington has maintained a universal childhood vaccine program. This program provides vaccines to all children under age 19, regardless of income, through a combination of state and federal funds. In October 1994, the federal government provided an additional funding source, the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program. This federal entitlement program was developed to eliminate cost as a barrier and improve immunization rates in children. It is a critical funding source for vaccines.

Spokane Regional Health District works closely with Washington State Department of Health’s (DOH) Immunization Program to eliminate vaccine-preventable diseases in children and adolescents for a safer and healthier community.

Resources for Current VFC Providers

(Most documents from DOH unless otherwise noted)

IIS Management & Reporting

Vaccine Ordering / Returns

School-Required Vaccines Resources

Vaccine Administration Tools

Vaccine Storage and Handling Tools

Vaccine Management Tools

The (Word) documents and forms below can be downloaded from this DOH link.

  • Vaccine Loss Log
  • Vaccine Loss Policy
  • Vaccine Management Plan
  • Vaccine Temperature Excursion Guide
  • Vaccine Transfer Request Form
  • Vaccine Transport Guidelines

Training Presentations

The Journey of Your Child's Vaccine
The Journey of Your Child's Vaccine

How vaccines are developed, tested and added to the immunization schedule.

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