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Tips for Locating Old Immunization Records

Tips for Locating Old Immunization Records

Immunizations are an important part of your health record. It is important to keep a copy of your own record and your child's record. Remember, it is your responsibility to keep these records.

Where can I look for immunization records?

  • All previous healthcare providers – contact previous health care providers. Don’t forget immunization visits you made to local public health agencies, urgent care clinics, or hospital emergency department visits.
  • At home – look through your old papers, including baby books and school or camp forms. If you’re an adult, don’t forget to ask your parent or guardian if they still have your childhood records.
  • Schools, colleges, universities or other post-secondary institutions – contact schools that you or your child attended.
  • Previous employers – contact previous employers, including the military.

 

What do I do if I don’t find any immunization records?

Both children and adults may need to repeat some vaccines. Although this process is time-consuming and inconvenient, it is not harmful to receive additional immunization doses. For a few immunizations, blood tests can help to determine if you are already immune to certain diseases. Your healthcare provider can help you determine what is best for you.

 


Last Updated: 26 July 2017