Children can receive vaccines at little to no cost to their families through a federally-funded program, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.
The Vaccines For Children program provides free vaccines to eligible children, and participating providers are able to charge an administration fee, according to the state agency.
To be eligible, individuals who are 18 years old or younger must meet at least one of the following criteria:
▪ Enrolled in Medicaid
▪ No health insurance coverage
▪ Health insurance that does not cover immunizations
▪ Native American or Alaska native, as defined by the Indian Health Care Improvement Act
According to vfc.illinois.gov/search, the state agency’s provider search, the health departments in St. Clair, Madison, Monroe and Randolph counties are participating in the Vaccines For Children program, along with other private providers.
Families can call the Illinois Department of Public Health Immunization Program at 217-785-1455 to learn more about the vaccines. August is National Immunization Awareness Month.