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Vaccines for Children Talking Points


Use these talking points with the media, community partners and the general public.

  • An estimated 35 million children fail to receive at least one of the vaccines recommended by public health officials—leading to only half of teens getting immunized each year against meningitis and whooping cough.
  • Thousands of people die and many more are hospitalized each year because of diseases like meningitis, whooping cough, and influenza, commonly known as the flu, that could have been prevented by vaccination.
  • Today’s tough economy is affecting us all, and many families are being forced to choose between healthcare and other critical needs.
  • Children through 18 years of age may be eligible to receive recommended vaccines, which help prevent serious diseases like meningitis, whooping cough, and influenza, commonly known as the flu, at no cost or low cost through the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program.
  • Children can be eligible for VFC, even if they don’t have medical insurance and regardless of their immigration status.
  • VFC is a federal government program designed to help ease the financial burden many families are now facing. 
  • Ask your healthcare provider or your local health department how you can access no- or low-cost vaccines for your children.

Click here to download a PDF of these talking points.