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Is Your Adult Immunization Record Up-To-Date?

Chances are good it isn't...

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Having an up-to-date vaccination record is important. This record tells you and your healthcare provider if you’re protected against vaccine-preventable diseases.

An up-to-date record is a history of all the vaccines and infectious disease events in your life. It lets you know if you have immunity against serious diseases. An accurate record will save you time and money by ensuring you don’t get unnecessary vaccines, not to mention peace of mind that you are protected against what could be a preventable catastrophic illness. But, it can be hard to track down vaccination records. You may need to recreate it by tracking down various medical histories.

Adult Vaccination is Important

Thousands of adults become sick from vaccine-preventable diseases every year. They can end up in the hospital and some die from these diseases. Did you know that even if you received vaccines as a child, the protection from some vaccines can wear off over time? You may also be at risk for other diseases due to your age, job, lifestyle, travel habits, or health conditions. Today, there are vaccinations that adults need annually and may require boosters every five years.

Vaccination helps protect you as well as other people. Being vaccinated reduces the chance you’ll spread illnesses to other people. Older adults and young children are more vulnerable to infectious diseases and can suffer greater damage to their health as a result. Herd immunity helps protect them by your being vaccinated.

Take this short quiz to find out which vaccines you need. The quiz will generate a custom printout that you can take to your next medical appointment. You will also want to print out your Shotz Sheet to be signed or initialed and dated. This will help to ensure that your vaccination information is current and correct. Vaccination records may be stored with other important documents. Be sure to also update your Google Shotz Sheet. Why? Because an electronic record is immediately available when needed by anyone who has been given access.

Tools to Record Your Vaccinations

Today we move, travel, and change healthcare professionals more often than we did in the past. Finding old vaccination information can be difficult and time-consuming. Keeping an updated vaccination record will save you time and hassle. You should store a paper copy in a safe place with other important documents. This is why it is also smart to have your own electronic record.

Your vaccine provider may also take part in an immunization registry. You have to ask your provider to document each of your vaccinations in the registry. They don’t do this automatically.

Where to Look for Vaccination Records

If you don’t have a complete record, you can search for evidence of your vaccination history. Look in places where you might find or keep other important documents.

Here are some tips:

  • Ask parents or other caregivers if they have records of your childhood vaccinations.
  • Look through baby books or other saved documents from your childhood.
  • Check with your high school or college health services for vaccination records. Most schools only keep records for 1–2 years after students leave the system.
  • Check with previous employers (including the military) that may have required vaccinations.
  • Check with your doctor or public health clinic. Many offices maintain vaccination records for a limited number of years.
  • Contact your state’s health department. Some states have registries (Immunization Information Systems) that include adult vaccinations.

There is no national organization that maintains vaccination records. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not have this information.

What to Do If You Can’t Find Your Records

If you cannot find your personal vaccination records, you may receive vaccines you had in the past. While this is not ideal, it is safe to repeat vaccinations.

Additionally, your doctor may want to do blood tests to see if you are immune to certain vaccine-preventable diseases.

If you want to get started creating your own portable immunzation record, just click on this button!

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