Mercy Clinic Family Medicine - Shell Knob has expanded its vaccination services to now include children’s vaccines. In addition, the clinic has also met eligibility requirements from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to be part of the Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program.
According to the CDC and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, funds are allocated through their agencies in order to run the VFC Program which helps provide vaccines to children whose parents or guardians may not be able to afford them. The CDC distributes vaccines at no charge to clinics that are registered as VFC providers. This helps ensure that all children have a better chance of getting their recommended vaccinations on schedule. Vaccines available through the VFC Program are those recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, and they protect babies, young children, and adolescents from 16 diseases.
Providers and staff at Mercy Clinic in Shell Knob hope that being able to now provide vaccines to children will make access to health care easier.
“We hope it is one way that we can serve the community better,” said Jonni Millington, clinic practice manager. “We want to be able to provide the best possible care to our patients, and this helps us do just that.”
More than 44,000 doctors nationwide offer free immunizations through this program. Children 18 and younger can use VFC if they are uninsured, underinsured, Medicaid-eligible or American Indian/Alaska Native. If a child meets one of these requirements, vaccines will always be free of charge.
Mercy Clinic Family Medicine - Shell Knob is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, and is located at 22361 Oak Ridge Drive. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 417-858-3731. For more information about the VFC Program, visit this page from the CDC.