Illinois makes vaccines more available for low-income children

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WIFR) -- In an effort to increase vaccination rates across the state, Illinois is taking action to make vaccines more easily available for low-income children.

The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) say vaccines are readily available for children covered under the Children’s Health Insurance Plan through the Vaccines For Children (VFC) program.

"It is crucial for children to receive their vaccinations at the time of their well or sick visits, without having to go places at a different date that may also be far away,” said HFS Director Theresa Eagleson. “With this important step, we are enhancing vital access to health care and helping to keep the people of Illinois safe and healthy.”

The VFC program is a federally funded program that provides vaccines for children younger than 19 whose parents or guardians may not be able to afford them.

CHIP is a partnership between the federal and state governments that provides low-cost health coverage to children in families that earn too much money to qualify for Medicaid.