Take advantage of CDC's vaccine program for children


With August observed as National Immunization Awareness Month, a federal program that provides free vaccines to eligible children can help physicians ensure that children are protected from getting dangerous childhood diseases.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Vaccines for Children program provides free vaccines to children who don’t have health insurance coverage. Children who can participate in the program include Medicaid enrollees, American Indians and Alaskan natives, and kids who have health insurance that doesn’t cover vaccines and go to federally qualified health clinics or rural health centers.

The AMA Minority Affairs Section strongly encourages physicians, parents and teachers to promote proper immunization to protect children from contracting dangerous childhood diseases.