Tips for Locating Old Immunization Records
Tips for Locating Immunization Records
Immunizations are an important part of your health record. It is important to keep a copy of your immunization record and that of your child(ren) in a safe place. Adults may need to provide a record of their immunizations for certain jobs, or for travel. For your children to attend childcare centres or schools, you may need to provide their immunization records too.
Where can I look for immunization records?
- Previous healthcare providers will keep records for a limited time. Also check with local public health authorities, your pharmacist, and any urgent care clinics, as well as hospital emergency departments.
- At home – Close family members such as parents or guardians may have copies of your childhood immunizations in old papers, including baby books and school or camp forms.
- Schools, colleges, universities or other post-secondary institutions may still have records for you or your child.
- Previous employers, including the military, may still have records from your employment.
What do I do if I don’t find any immunization records?
If you do not have a record of your immunizations, contact your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or local public health authority. Both children and adults without a record of their immunizations 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.