June 23, 2011

Clinic lands Gold Award for child vaccination rates

Clinic lands Gold Award for child vaccination rates

The Primary Care Clinic at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt has been lauded for its vaccination rates of children.

The Vaccines for Children (VFC) program chose the clinic as a Gold Award winner for having greater than 90 percent coverage for seven vaccines.

The 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. The Gold Award is the highest honor given to VCF providers.

Children qualify for VFC if they are one of the following: age 18 or younger, uninsured/underinsured or Medicaid-eligible. The VFC, run by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, audits each center that administers the free vaccine program to track vaccination rates. Tennessee ranks among the highest in the nation for vaccination rates of children.