Chicago Vaccines for Children Program

Welcome to the Chicago VFC Health Alert Network (HAN) page! This is your one-stop-shop for information, resources, VFC policies, and frequently-requested paperwork.

VFC Eligibility

Children 18 years old and younger are eligibile for VFC vaccine if they are one or more of the following:

  • Medicaid eligible
  • Uninsured
  • American Indian or Alaska Native
  • Underinsured (i.e. health insurance doesn't cover immunization) - only at FQHC's and CDPH's walk-in clinics

CHIP Vaccine Information

VFC Guidance for the CHIP Program

The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provides health coverage to eligible children, through both Medicaid and separate CHIP programs. CHIP is administered by states, according to federal requirements. The program is funded jointly by states and the federal government.


The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) serves uninsured children up to age 19 in families with incomes too high to qualify them for Medicaid. States have broad discretion in setting their income eligibility standards, and eligibility varies across states.

For more detailed information please click here.



Are you or a provider you know interested in joining the VFC program? Send us an email at and we will send you a new enrollment package!

Each year in March/April, VFC providers need to re-enroll. In 2019, follow these steps to re-enroll your clinic in the program.


I-CARE is Illinois' immunization registry - please input vaccinations for all your patients, not just VFC patients!

VFC Contact

VFC Program Manager:  Felicia Fredricks

VFC Vaccine Manager:  Kevin Hansen


VFC Management Unit Phone:  312-746-5385

VFC Program Contact List


Measles is a highly contagious virus that lives in the nose and throat mucus of an infected person. It can spread to others through coughing and sneezing. Measles can live for up to 2 hours in an airspace where the infected person coughed or sneezed. Measles is so contagious that if one person has it 90% of the people close to that person who are not immune will become infected. Infected individuals can spread measles to others from 4 days before through 4 days after the rash appears. Measles infection is a vaccine-preventable illness.

Measles Job Aid

Several Health Alerts have been issued in February and March 2019.  Please see below for links to these alerts which contain information on outbreaks and healthcare provider immunity.

Potential for Measles Spread during Upcoming Passover Holiday amid Domestic and International Measles Outbreaks - issued April 12, 2019

Measles Cases in Chicago and Cook County - issued March 29, 2019

DeKalb County Measles Outbreak - issued March 1, 2019

Identification of Additional Cases in Champaign, Illinois Measles Outbreak  - issued Feburary 22, 2019

IDPH SIREN Regarding Measles Immunity in Healthcare Providers - issued Feburary 22, 2019

More information on Measles can be found here.

Pertussis Letter for Childcare Facilities

Varicella Clinical Guidelines

Measles Isolation and Testing Recs

Pertussis Health Alert 2.27.19

VFC Bulletin Measles Update 5.3.19

VFC Bulletin Measles Update 5.21.19

IDPH Health Alert Measles 5.30.19

VFC Bulletin Measles Update 6.3.19

VFC Bulletin Measles Update 6.17.19

VFC Tools and Policies

Vaccine Management Tools
Emergency and Routine Vaccine Handling Protocol
Temperature Excursion Protocol (consider printing and posting on your fridge and/or freezer)
Vaccine Return Form
Expiring Vaccine and Vaccine Return Protocol


Vaccine Management Policies
Restitution Policy
Fraud and Abuse Policy

VFC Training

VFC DDL and VTMC Cloud