How can I obtain a copy of my/my child's immunization records?

Finding Your Immunization Records 

ImmunizeBC does not have access to your immunization records.  If you need a copy of your immunization records, there are several places you can look:

  • Check your home for your paper record of immunization.  Try looking through baby books or other saved documents from your childhood.
  • Check with your parents or other caregivers to see if they have a record of your immunizations.
  • Check with your current and previous family doctors. Keep in mind that immunization records are kept at doctors’ offices for a limited time.
  • Check with your local public health unit if you were immunized at the health unit, at a public health clinic or in school.

Without a record of immunization (or proof of immunity to a disease), a person is considered unimmunized and unprotected and should generally be vaccinated (or revaccinated) to ensure protection.  It is safe to repeat vaccines.  You can also have your blood tested for antibodies to determine your immunity to certain diseases. Your health care provider can help you determine what is best for you. 

Finding Your Child’s Immunization Records

ImmunizeBC does not have access to your child’s immunization records. If you need a copy of your child’s immunization records, there are several places you can look:

  • Check your home for your child’s paper record of immunizations.  Try looking through baby books or other saved documents.  In BC, childhood immunizations are most often recorded in the Child Health Passport.
  • Check with your local public health unit if your child was immunized at the health unit or in school. Public health units in BC maintain an electronic registry of childhood immunizations provided by public health nurses.
  • Check with your child’s doctor if your child was immunized at their doctor’s office.

Children without immunization records (or proof of immunity to a disease) are considered unimmunized and unprotected. These children should generally be vaccinated (or revaccinated) to ensure protection.  It is safe to repeat vaccines.  Children can also have their blood tested for antibodies to determine their immunity to certain diseases. Your child’s health care provider can help you determine what is best for your child.   

This answer was published on Jul 20, 2017.
The answers in the Q&A are not altered or updated after the published date. For current information and recommendations, consult your health care provider.

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