CDC Updates Hepatitis A Vaccine and Influenza Vaccine Resolutions for Children

PUBLISHED: Apr 2, 2018
Relevant to: Ambulatory Care, Critical Access Hospitals, Hospitals, Medical Office, Rural Health Clinics

In February 2018, The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) updated influenza vaccine and hepatitis A vaccine resolutions for the Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program. The changes are:

  • Hepatitis A: Added vaccine recommendations for infants 6-11 months of age traveling to countries outside the United States and revised the language regarding post-exposure prophylaxis
  • Influenza: Added live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) to the VFC program

For more information, see the full hepatitis A and influenza vaccine resolutions at the ACIP-VFC Vaccine Resolutions page, link is provided below.

The Vaccines for Children (VFC) program is a federally funded program that provides vaccines at no cost to children who might not otherwise be vaccinated because of inability to pay. CDC buys vaccines at a discount and distributes them to grantees—i.e., state health departments and certain local and territorial public health agencies—which in turn distribute them at no charge to those private physicians' offices and public health clinics registered as VFC providers. Children who are eligible for VFC vaccines are entitled to receive those vaccines recommended by ACIP.

A link to FAQs about the VFC program is also provided below.

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