The Vaccines for Children (VFC) program is a state-operated, federal entitlement program that supplies private and public providers with federally purchased vaccine. This process evaluation of the VFC program allowed the assessment, in a single state, South Carolina, of how many VFC-eligible children are receiving immunizations in HD immunization-only clinics and of factors associated with use of these clinics. The objective was to determine the factors associated with seeking immunizations in health department clinics throughout the state. Research Triangle Institute (RTI) was contracted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to interview the primary caretakers of children age 12 and under who bring their children to a health department clinic in South Carolina for immunizations. RTI conducted 706 interviews at 24 randomly selected clinics throughout the state. Data were collected via paper and pencil surveys. It was found that data collection procedures in South Carolina appear to have consider applicability to other states interested in client participation in the VFC program. Active involvement by the staff of the Department of Health played an important part in the success of the survey. The survey was well accepted; it received a 99 percent response rate, and it yielded information about program participants that is proving useful for planning.
EXPECTED DATE OF COMPLETION:12/30/2000
AGENCY SPONSOR: National Immunization Program
FEDERAL CONTACT: Nancy Cheal, 404-639-7095
PIC ID: 7197.1
PERFORMER: Research Triangle Institute, Research Triangle Park, NC