There are many forms available online for keeping track of the immunizations your child has received and needs to receive. Your doctor may have a card or sheet that you can fill in when your child gets each vaccination. Also, many doctors’ offices will call, email, or send postcards when it’s time for the next scheduled round of immunizations. Health-care providers record all immunizations given in the Immunization Registry (IMR). You can find it at http://healthvermont.gov/hc/IMR/index.aspx.
Good record keeping begins with good record taking. Keeping up-to-date immunization records for your family, especially your children, is important. When you need official copies of immunization records to enroll your child in child care, school, and summer camps, or for international travel, they will be much easier to get if you have accurate, up-to-date personal records.
You can get an immunization-tracking card from your child’s doctor or from the Vermont Department of Health to keep record of your child’s vaccines. Or, you can use CDC’s Immunization Tracker to record your children’s immunizations, developmental milestones, and growth from birth through 6 years old.
Keep your child’s immunization record in a safe place where you can easily locate it. Bring the record to each of your child’s doctor visits. Ask the doctor or nurse to record the vaccine given, date, and dosage on your child’s immunization record. You should also note the office where your child got the shot – knowing where your child received a vaccine will help you get official records when you need them.