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How to obtain your vaccination records

Published On: Jul 11 2013 10:19:55 AM CDT
Updated On: Aug 19 2013 09:40:00 AM CDT
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At various times you and your child will need to present immunization records for school, work, daycare and even traveling. If you can’t find your copy of your vaccination records you can use the following tips for how to locate them.

Child records:

Children often need their immunization records for school, daycare, sports and even when traveling.

To obtain your child’s immunization records the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the following options:

-          Request the records from your child’s doctor’s office

-          Request the records from a previous or current school

-          Check with your state’s health department for your child’s records

If you cannot locate your child’s immunization records he or she may need to be vaccinated again for various diseases. You should check with your child’s physician to see how to proceed.

Adult records:

Occasionally you may find that you need your immunization records for certain jobs or even for travelling. To locate these records you can try the following options recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

-          Ask your doctor’s office if they have your records of all past immunizations

-          Ask your old schools if they have your records on file

-          Check through your old childhood paperwork to see if there is a copy filed away with other documents

-          Check with previous employers if any of them ever required vaccination records

-          Check with your state’s health department

If you are unable to locate your vaccination records, seek the advice of your physician. You may need to get the vaccinations again. The CDC says it is safe to be re-vaccinated against diseases.