Where Are My Vaccination Records?
Online vaccination records are needed
Unfortunately, there is no national organization that maintains vaccination records. Neither the FDA or the CDC have this information.
Your actual vaccination records that exist can be found at the doctor or pharmacy where the vaccines were given. Keep in mind that vaccination records are maintained at the doctor’s office for a limited number of years.
Today we move, travel, and change health care providers more than we did in previous generations. Finding old immunization information can be difficult and time-consuming.
If you need official copies of vaccination records, or if you need to update your personal records, there are several places you can look, such as:
- Ask parents or other caregivers if they have records of your childhood immunizations. Try looking through saved documents from your childhood.
- Check with your high school and/or college health services for dates of any immunizations. Keep in mind, that generally, records are kept only for 1-2 years after students leave the system.
- Check with previous employers (including the military) that may have required immunizations.
- Contact your state’s health department. Some states have registries (Immunization Information Systems) that include adult vaccines
- If you can’t find your personal records you may need to get some of the vaccines again.
This is not ideal and may be expensive. A doctor can also do blood tests to see if you are immune to certain vaccine-preventable diseases.
Ask your doctor, pharmacist or other vaccine provider for an immunization record or you can download a form.
Bring this record with you to your next health visit. Ask your vaccine provider to sign and date the form for each vaccine you receive. That way, you can be sure that the immunization information is current and correct.