FOR PARENTS AND FAMILIES
Vaccinations are one of the best ways parents can protect infants, children, and teens from harmful diseases. Most parents today have never seen the harmful effects that vaccine-preventable diseases have on a child or a family. We encourage parents get information about vaccines from reliable sources. We have provided several resources here and will continue to update them.
Adults need vaccines too! Adults need to keep their vaccinations up to date because immunity from childhood vaccines can wear off over time. You are also at risk for different diseases as an adult. Vaccination is one of the most convenient and safest preventive care measures available. The adult immunization schedule is here as a resource as well as other information about adult immunizations.
VACCINES FOR CHILDREN PROGRAM
The Arkansas Immunization Action Coalition is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization, which is supported by contributions from individuals, foundations, community organizations, corporations, and local and state government agencies. All monetary contributions, large and small, are valued and put to good use towards our programs and activities. Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law under IRS regulations.
The Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program helps get vaccines to children whose parents cannot afford them. The goal is to make sure that all children can get their vaccines on time. The vaccines are the ones that are officially recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). These vaccines protect babies, young children, and teenagers from 16 different diseases.
The cost of the VFC program is paid for by the U.S. government. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) uses the money to buy vaccines at a discount. The vaccine is sent to the Arkansas Department of Health. The Health Department then sends the vaccines at no cost to local health clinics and private doctors' offices that have agreed to give children their vaccines as part of the VFC program.
If you are interested in receiving vaccines for your child, contact your health care provider or your Local Health Unit.