Vaccines for Children Program: Vulnerabilities in Vaccine Management
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: VACCINES FOR CHILDREN PROGRAM:
VULNERABILITIES IN VACCINE MANAGEMENT
WHY WE DID THIS STUDY
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Vaccines for Children (VFC) program provides free vaccines to eligible children through a network of 61 grantees and 44,000 enrolled providers. In 2010, approximately 82 million VFC vaccine doses were administered to an estimated 40 million children at a cost of $3.6 billion. VFC providers must meet certain requirements for vaccine management, such as storing vaccines within required temperature ranges and monitoring expiration dates, to ensure that these vaccines provide children with maximum protection against preventable diseases. These requirements are also intended to decrease VFC program fraud, waste, and abuse.