Immunizations for Children
Vaccines provided through the Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program are supplied by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and are purchased in part with federal funds. These vaccines are available at no charge for children through age 18 years, who meet the VFC eligibility guidelines.
In addition, the Children's Immunization Program offers near-cost immunizations to those ineligible for the Vaccines For Children program.
Vaccines For Children - Eligibility Requirements
- Children (ages 18 and under) who are uninsured
- Children who are enrolled in Medical Assistance (MA) or Prepaid Medical Assistance Programs (PMAP)
- Children who are American Indian or Alaskan Natives
- Children with health insurance that does not cover one or more vaccines
- Children with health insurance that caps vaccine coverage at a certain amount; once that amount is reached the child is VFC eligible
For additional information on Missouri's VFC program, please visit the Department of Health and Senior Services' website.
To protect against vaccine-preventable diseases, the State of Missouri requires children to be immunized with specific vaccines before entering or continuing education in all public and some private schools. All immunization records must be up-to-date (with documentation for the month, day, and year of each vaccination) before a child is permitted to attend school. To help parents meet these requirements, the Immunization Clinic provides all recommended vaccines.
- To schedule an appointment, please call 636-949-1857.
- A complete list of Missouri’s vaccination requirements for school children is available online.
Preschool & Daycare Requirements
State statutes also require an up-to-date immunization record for children entering public and private daycare centers or preschools. An updated list of the immunizations required may be obtained online.
Vaccinations and Prices
|Disease||VFC Program||Vaccination Cost|
|Haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib)||Free||Currently unavailable|
|MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella)||Free||$90|
|Serogroup B Meningococcal (Men B)||Free||Currently unavailable|
|Pediatric DTaP (Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis)||Free||$28|
|DTaP, IPV, and Hep B combination vaccine||Free||Currently unavailable|
|DTaP and Hib combination vaccine||Free||Currently unavailable|
|DTaP and IPV combination vaccine||Free||Currently unavailable|
|MMR and Varicella combination vaccine||Free||Currently unavailable|
|Td (Tetanus and Diphtheria)||Free||$40|
|HPV (Human Papillomavirus)||Free||Currently unavailable|
|Flu vaccination (for those 6 months and older)||Free||$36|
|COVID vaccination||No cost to eligible individuals|
|Vaccine administration fee (per vaccine)||Free||$12|
Prices as of Jan. 30, 2023
Immunizations protect against several dangerous, and sometimes deadly, diseases. Unimmunized individuals are at a greater risk for exposure to vaccine-preventable diseases and can spread these diseases to those that are too young to be fully immunized or to others who cannot be protected for medical reasons. Because of this, the State of Missouri requires children to be immunized with specific vaccinations before entering or continuing education in all public and some private schools.
To protect others within the community, unimmunized individuals could be excluded from school or other activities during outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases. This exposure can cause hardship for a child and their parents or guardians.