DOH Service Telephone Directory
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Immunization Program Services
Immunization program services are provided through six (6) major program components, which are outlined below:
- Vaccines for Children
- District of Columbia Immunization Registry
- Service Delivery/Clinical Operations
- Consumer Information
- Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Program
Vaccines for Children
Vaccines for Children (VFC) provides free vaccines to providers that vaccinate children who:
- Are eligible for Medicaid
- Have no health insurance
- Have health insurance that doesn't cover immunizations
- Are Native American or Alaskan Native
- Provides free immunizations to uninsured and underinsured children and a limited number of adults through a walk-in clinic.
- Conducts assessments for children in licensed child-care, Head Start Centers and in all schools and grades.
- Conducts an annual retrospective survey from kindergarten school entry data to assess completion of initial vaccine series by 2 years of age.
- Identifies and investigates cases and controls outbreaks of vaccine preventable diseases (VPD), measures VPD morbidity and mortality, and evaluates the impact of new vaccines and immunization policies.
- Identifies hepatitis B surface antigen (HbsAg) pregnant women and prevents perinatal hepatitis B transmission.
- Monitors the safety of immunizations and ensures that all providers of immunizations report adverse events according to state and/or local public health policies.
- Maintains an immunization registry that serves as a storehouse for immunization records for children and adults in the District of Columbia, enabling the Department of Health to keep children updated for immunization, provide follow-up when needed, conduct outbreak control, provide records for daycare and school entry and prevent unnecessary immunizations because of lost records.
District of Columbia Immunization Registry
- Stores immunization records for children and adults in the District of Columbia
- Tracks immunization compliance and provides immunization data and reports
- Provides trainings to provides who wish to link to the Registry.
Service Delivery/Clinical Operations
- Operates one walk-in express clinic that provides assessments and vaccinations for uninsured and underinsured children and a limited number of adults.
- Conducts case tracking, management, follow-up and reporting for cases reported through Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS)
- Collects and disseminates vaccine information statements and other educational materials to providers, consumers and lay audiences
- Conducts educational seminars for providers, consumers and lay audiences throughout the city
- Provides vaccine benefits and risk communications
- Reviews the immunization records of all children in licensed child care, head start centers and all grades in public, private, chartered and parochial schools
- Determines compliance with DC Immunization Law 3-12
- Conducts investigation, tracking and reporting of vaccine preventable diseases and adverse events
Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Program
- Identifies and tracks pregnant women infected with Hepatitis B virus
- Ensures appropriate preventive treatment for newborns of infected mothers from birth through the 1st year of life
- Refers household and sexual contacts of identified women for Hep B Screening
- Provides Hep B vaccinations to susceptible contacts (if no insurance coverage)
- Free Immunization Clinic