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).
Download the ImmunizeCA app! This free app provides Canadians with the ability to:
- easily record and store vaccine information
- access vaccination schedules
- manage vaccination appointments for the entire family
- access evidence-based and expert-reviewed information about recommended and routine vaccinations for children, adults and travellers, and
- receive alerts about disease outbreaks in their area.
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)