Vaccines For Children Program Programs

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Vaccines for Children Program Beccca Hamilton The Ohio State University Vaccines for Children Program The importance of vaccines for children has a large impact on healthcare and my future practice. Therefore knowing what programs are available is critical to increasing the vaccine rates. Over the decades, there have been devastating consequences resulting from preventable communicable diseases as well as programs and strategies to assist in increasing the immunization rates. This paper will explain and critique the program called “Vaccines For Children”. This paper will also include how I will adapt this program in my future pediatric practice. The history of the Vaccines for Children program was a result of the 1989 measles epidemic in the United States. This epidemic resulted in tens of thousands of cases of measles and hundreds of deaths (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2014). As the Centers for Disease and Prevention investigated this epidemic it was discovered that greater half of the children who had measles had not been vaccinated. In response to that epidemic, “Congress passed the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (OBRA) on August 10, 1993, creating the Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program” (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2014). This program became operational October 1, 1994. How the program works is, the Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program helps provide vaccines to children who cannot afford them, are uninsured, inadequately
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