Universal Immunization Program

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The Universal Immunization Program funds the purchase and distribution of vaccines to children and some adults. Thanks to the program, Massachusetts ranks among the top states for pediatric immunization rates.

The Universal Immunization Program was established in accordance with state law requiring such a program. Under the program, children are required to have certain vaccines before they begin school, and the Department of Public Health purchases and distributes all recommended pediatric vaccines to both public and private health providers so that they can provide vaccines to all children (a small number of adults also receive vaccines). Massachusetts uses a combination of state funding from this line item appropriation and funding from the federal Vaccines for Children (VCF) program and other federal grant programs to pay for the cost of vaccines. In recent years the state funding for the program has come from a small surcharge on payments by insurers for health services.

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