Tips for locating immunization records

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Immunization records (sometimes called vaccination records) provide a history of all the vaccines you (or your child) have received. Keeping current immunization records for you (and your children) is important. These records may be required for certain jobs, travel, or school registration. 

Tips for finding immunization records: Children

Health units in B.C. maintain an electronic registry of childhood immunizations provided by Public Health (public health nurses). If your child was immunized at a doctor’s office, at a pharmacy, or in a First Nations community, their record may not be in the Public Health registry.

If you do not have 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 B.C. childhood immunizations are most often recorded in the Child Health Passport.
  • Check with your local health unit if your child was immunized at the health unit or in school.
  • Check with your child’s doctor if your child was immunized at their doctor’s office.
  • Check with your pharmacist if your child was immunized at your local pharmacy.
  • Check with your community health nurse if your child was immunized in a First Nations community.

Children without immunization records (or proof of immunity to disease) are considered unimmunized and unprotected. These children should generally be vaccinated (or revaccinated) to ensure protection. It is safe to repeat vaccines. Blood tests to determine immunity to vaccine-preventable diseases are not routinely recommended or available for all diseases. Health care providers can help determine what is best for your child.

Tips for finding immunization records: Adults

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 health unit if you were immunized at your local health unit or in school.
  • Check with your pharmacist if you were immunized at your local pharmacy.
  • Check with your community health nurse if you were immunized in a First Nations community.

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. Blood tests to determine immunity to vaccine-preventable diseases are not routinely recommended or available for all diseases. Your health care provider can help determine what is best for you.

 

 

Date last updated: 
Thursday, Sep 19, 2019
Date last reviewed: 
Wednesday, Nov 01, 2017