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What to do if you lose your immunization records

What to do if you lose your immunization records

Your child has received all or most of it vaccines , but I can’t find your immunization records. Your doctor can’t find them either. What are you doing? Do you have to start being shot again? Unfortunately, this happens much more often than you think.

Find missing photo records

Families move, doctors retire, and files are lost. If this happens to you before you continue, there are a few things you can do to locate your child’s immunization records:

  • Schools or childcare providers . Contact day centers , schools, camps or any other place where your child has previously participated. If not, they may have given you a copy of your immunization record and see if you have another copy.
  • All of the above healthcare providers . If yours pediatrician is still in practice, go back to their office to see if I can find them. If the previous doctor has moved or retired, contact your local health care company or state medical board to see where old records can be stored. Doctors should keep old records for a certain period of time, but time varies by state.
  • Local vaccination registry . Find out if your state has immunization records and, if so, if your child has immunization records. all immunizations for a child with a nationally computerized immunization record.

You can also examine your child’s complete medical records, if available. Even if you do not have your child’s immunization schedule, you may be able to recreate it using your doctor’s or nurse’s notes.

Repeated vaccinations

If a child’s immunization record is indeed lost, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that the child be considered susceptible and vaccinated (or revaccinated). According to the CDC, «it is safe for your child to receive a vaccine, even if they may have already received it.»

In most cases, if you are not sure if your child has received a vaccination, you can simply repeat it.

Title check

As most children (and parents) are looking forward to receiving additional photos, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) offers another option: «Serological immunity testing is an alternative to vaccinating certain antigens.» This means that blood tests can be done to test and show that your child has already received all the vaccines.

These blood tests, called titer tests, check for the presence of certain antibodies (immunity) in the bloodstream. If the test is positive for a particular disease, it means that your child is immune, has probably received a vaccine for that disease, and therefore there is no need to repeat the vaccine.

Following this route, a child could be examined for: .

  • Diphtheria
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Measles, mumps or rubella

There is no evidence to rule out revaccination vaccines against chicken pox , poliomyelitis , pertussis wave Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib). (Fortunately, you need a single dose of Hib after 15 months and do not receive it at all after you turn five.) Because of this, your child may still need vaccines for polio, chickenpox, and whooping cough, together. with strokes for any disease to which your child is not immune.

How about Prevent , is a IgG antibody test of 7 serotypes of Streptococcus pneumoniae It may help to check that your child is immunized, although this test may not be widely available.

Cons of using title tests

Keep in mind that there are some disadvantages to performing these tests, rather than repeating photos. On the one hand, there is the cost of tests, which insurance cannot cover. You may also need a new letter each time your child changes school, goes to a new camp, goes to college, and so on.

And while your baby may not need another injection, the problem with this strategy is that if he or she has a low level of antibodies, in addition to the blood test, he or she will need injections.

How to avoid losing immunization records

To avoid finding yourself in a situation where your child’s immunization record is lost, it can help:

  • Print a immunization stage tracking .
  • Bring your child’s immunization tracking document to each doctor’s visit.
  • Ask your doctor or nurse to write down the vaccine given, the date and the dose on the personal copy of your child’s immunization record.
  • Keep this record up to date in a safe place where you can easily locate it, such as a safe or a fire and water resistant safe.

It may be helpful to encourage your doctor to participate in the state or local immunization registry. This way, even in the event of a large-scale disaster, your child’s immunization records will remain intact.