Houston health department

Children Immunization Information for Providers

What is the Texas Vaccines for Children Program?

Since its inception in 1994, Texas has participated in the Federal Vaccines for Children Program (VFC). The Texas version is called the Texas Vaccines for Children Program (TVFC). The Program was initiated by the passage of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993. This legislation guaranteed vaccines would be available at no cost to providers, in order to immunize children (birth - 18 years of age) who meet the eligibility requirements.

Today there are more than 500 providers enrolled in TVFC in Houston/Harris County. Texas leads the nation in the number of uninsured and underinsured children. Many of these children are not receiving the complete series of immunizations required to protect them from vaccine-preventable diseases.

Under TVFC, the following groups of children (birth – 18 years of age) are eligble to receive free vaccines:

  • uninsured or underinsured children,
  • children who are covered by CHIP,
  • children who are of Native American or Native Alaskan heritage, and
  • children on Medicaid.

  • Interested in becoming a TVFC provider?

    By enrolling in TVFC, you can provide innumerable benefits to the families in your practice, and to the people of Houston/Harris County. One of the most important benefits is removing barriers to immunizations. For instance, you will no longer have to refer an uninsured child to a public health center for immunizations. TVFC removes the burden of the financial cost of vaccines, thereby eliminating the need to refer clients. Children are then kept in their "medical home," which is beneficial to the provider and client. Families who are currently paying for vaccinations may be TVFC eligible. Enroll in the Texas Vaccines for Children Program

    TVFC Resources for Providers

  • Department of State Health Services (DSHS) - Texas Vaccines for Children
  • TVFC Provider Manual and Forms
  • Electronic Vaccine Inventory (EVI) Login
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - Vaccine for Children Program
  • CDC Vaccine Storage and Handling Toolkit

  • How do I contact my TVFC Representative?

    TVFC Mainline: 832.393.5188
    TVFC Email: TVFChouston@houstontx.gov
    Fax: 832.393.5421 or 832.393.5242