The federal Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program offers vaccines at no cost for children under the age of 19 who meet at least one of the following criteria:
- The child is eligible for Medicaid;
- The child has no health insurance coverage;
- The child is American Indian (as defined by the Indian Health Care Improvement Act); or
- The child has insurance, but it doesn't cover vaccinations.
Children whose health insurance covers the cost of immunizations aren’t eligible for VFC vaccine, even if coverage isn’t available because a deductible hasn’t been met.
VFC vaccines can be administered by any enrolled program provider. There is usually a fee for the administration of each dose. Ask your child’s health-care provider for more information or contact an immunization nurse at the public health department, 457-8900.
Children under 19 who have no insurance may also be eligible for low- or no-cost insurance through the Healthy Montana Kids Program. For more information, call toll-free 1-877-543-7669 or visit www.hmk.mt.gov.
Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to receive any vaccination.