Children receive shots at the family immunization clinics. The recommended routine immunizations are provided at the time of visit. The charge for children who are eligible for the Vaccine's for Children (VFC) program is $23 per dose, but the fee may be waived if the family is unable to pay for the vaccination. The fee for vaccines given to children who are not VFC-eligible varies by type of vaccine.
See below for VFC eligibility guidelines:
Child receives Medicaid (Title 19 ONLY at the Immunization Clinic)*
Child is American Indian or Alaskan Native
Child does not have any insurance
Child has health insurance, but the coverage does not include vaccines; or a child whose insurance covers only selected vaccines (VFC-eligible for non-covered vaccines only)
*Due to recent changes in the Illinois VFC program, children with some Medicaid/AllKids plans are no longer VFC-eligible. The child’s Medicaid plan will be checked at the point of service. Children who are no longer VFC-eligible cannot be served at the Immunization Program; they will be referred to their Primary Care Provider for vaccination.
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Many providers also offer physical exams and may require that your child become a regular patient in order to receive VFC vaccines from them. Please call the provider directly to determine if your child is eligible to receive the VFC vaccines at their location.
Parents or guardians must bring immunization records of their children with them. If a child has an immunization letter from a school nurse, it should be brought to the clinic.