The Newborn Center Pharmacy at Regional Medical Center was the recipient of the 2012 Vaccines for Children (VFC) Hot Shot Award from the State of Tennessee, but the real winners are the infants in the NICU who received the valuable vaccines to avoid potentially fatal and debilitating diseases. In 2012, 3,300 VFC vaccines were administered to infants in the Newborn Center. The total for VFC and non-VFC vaccines administered was 3,670.
The VFC program is administered by the State of Tennessee and provides children the opportunity to start their immunization series even though they are hospitalized. VFC provides hepB, DTaP, inactivated polio, pneumococcal and haemophilus B vaccines.
The Hot Shot Award recognizes immunization leaders in Tennessee and is awarded based on stringent criteria. Providers must demonstrate 100 percent compliance with all VFC protocols involving vaccine storage and handling, the screening of patients for program eligibility, documentation of immunizations and vaccine accountability.