Keep a record!
It is your responsibility to keep a personal record of the immunizations (vaccines) you have had in your lifetime.
- Keep it in a safe place with your other personal medical information
- Bring it with you each time you are immunized so it can be updated
If you do not already have a card or booklet to keep track of your immunizations, ask your doctor, nurse or local public health office if they provide these. You may download the Adult Immunization Record pamphlet (PDF: 551k), which includes a clip-off immunization record.
If you do not know what immunizations you or your children have had, you can:
- Check with your doctor, who may have a record in your file.
- Check with the local public health office where you were immunized as a child. Most public health offices maintain a registry of childhood immunizations in their area.
- Check with your employer. Some employers keep proof of immunization (e.g. military).
Your record will probably have abbreviations of the vaccines you received.
An explanation of the abbreviations can be found in the Canadian Immunization Guide (external link).
Public Health Agency of Canada. Canadian Immunization Guide. Evergreen edition. http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/publicat/cig-gci/index-eng.php (external link)