RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina will no longer cover the cost of 11 childhood vaccines for families with insurance as part of an effort to help pay for vaccines for uninsured children.
WRAL-TV reported Friday that the change will go into effect on December 1 and will apply to vaccines including combination shots, Hepatitis A and the second dose of the chicken pox shot. The vaccines can cost more than $100 each.
Officials say the change will save about $4 million for the state's $18-million immunization program.
The state health director says families with financial resources are being asked to contribute more during the recession.
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Native American children and those eligible for Medicaid will continue to receive free vaccines.