Immunization Verification

  1. I am at a loss. The nursing program I will be applying to requires that students submit immunization verification. I received all my childhood immunizations (plus some, as my father was military and we lived overseas), but don't have a copy of it. My mothers says she got rid of my world health records after I left home. I don't balme her, since I will be forty next month and haven't lived at home in more than twenty years. The last doctor I can think of who may have a copy died a few years ago and his practice was purchased by another physician. But even if the new doctor has the old records in storage, I hadn't seen the original doctor in years. And I am fairly certain that my OB/GYN etc., never sent off for my old childhood records. Should I make plans to take everything over again to have a current record? I can't be the only student to have had this happen. Any suggestions?
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  2. 13 Comments

  3. by   suzanne4
    Sorry, but what ever you had as a child will need some type of verification such as titers more than likely to see if you still have immunity. That is what hospitals and the nursing schools are concerned with.

    Something easy to do, so do not get stressed out over it. Think about it, you are speaking of more than 30 years ago.
  4. by   Kiringat
    I had spotty immunization records as well, so I had to get a MMR and chickenpox titer.
  5. by   MB37
    I had to get the titers twice, as my paperwork got lost again. Simple blood test, no big deal. Call your MD and let them know what you need, b/c they may make you go to a lab to get the blood drawn.
  6. by   BSNtobe2009
    Contact the last school you attended, your records should have been forwarded to there.

    The hospital that I had my shots in as a child has completely disbanded, and all I have is my school records, which when I attended college, they accepted that.

    I'm not sure if your school will, but it is worth a shot.
  7. by   ShellieAnn
    Thank you so much! I was determined to get everything in place early and this seemed like a bigger hurdle then it turned out to be. I will call my doctor first thing in the morning. I so appreciate the information and support I have gotten on this board. I hope I can be of equal help to someone else as I continue my nursing journey.
  8. by   GeminiTwinRN
    FWIW, my school accepts your high school diploma as proof of immunizations. I didn't find this out until after I had all my immunizations repeated before NS started.

    However, I would strongly urge you to get a titre drawn of your hepatitis immunity (if you've had the series) since I found out that even after receiving the 3 shot series I was not immune and thus had to have the entire series repeated.

    Good luck!
  9. by   NurseT533
    Your best bet would just to go ahead and get the titers for MMR,and Varciella..unless youve already had chickenpox as a child...and get the Tetanus one b/c its due every 10 years or so I believe?? And of course you need your Hep series..for your own protection.
  10. by   locolorenzo22
    Just ask your doc what you should probably get and what titers you should probably have drawn. my NS required me to have MMR shot records, tetneus, a hepatitis B waiver or series, and a rubella titer(my doc even asked them if I HAD to have it, as it's to judge your risk of giving birth defects.) Don't have that problem over here!
  11. by   HeartsOpenWide
    Good thing for me my mother had my immunization records and the rest I got after I was married. I had to get a titer for hep B and varicella since the clinic lost my hep B records and a note from mom saying you had the chickenpox is not passable. I actually had all of this information from when I went through the medical assisting program. Its a pain in the butt. But in my area at least, it is cheaper to get titers than it is to re-vax.
  12. by   txspadequeenRN
    I have my own little immunization crisis. I applied to nursing school (LVN-BSN) in 2005 ,got accepted with the condition that I passed algebra...I had my Hep series done about 10 years ago but the company has gone out of buisness and I have been told the records have been destroyed. So I went to get a titer and I was non-immune... This required me to take the series because there was a cut off date to reject the injections apparently and I missed it. Now I ended up failing algebra and not being able to attend this program until the next year (because LVN's enter once a year) So for the next several months I involved my self with depression and feeling sorry for my self .. Now I am pregnant and I am going to apply again in Jan ... I still don't have these injections and cant get them until after I domino (or so I'm told,but I'm going to ask again) which is in March and this does not give me time to complete the series.... I don't know if I can sign a waiver or not with this school... it is very frustrating.... ok thanks for the vent
  13. by   Soft_Kitty_Cat
    Hello! This is my first post, and sorry it's long... I decided earlier this year to change my major and apply for nursing school. So, in March I approached my physician at that time for a Hep B vaccination. She was more concerned about not being reimbursed by the insurance company, so she said that I should get a titer done instead to see if I even needed the vaccination. I was eventually told I didn't need to be vaccinated. I, thinking that all physicians can be trusted, took her word for it and never viewed the results or thought otherwise. Fast forward eight months later, and I find out that I actually did not have immunity (the doctor told me wrong). Now, I just got accepted into the program at Cy-Fair College and am worried that because of this incompetent doctor (who is no longer my physician), my chances to start in the Spring have been ruined despite my attempted advance preparation. I have only had one Hep B injection on Nov. 9. I am to have the second injection on Dec. 8, but the deadline to complete the series is Dec. 15. I was told to get a titer done after the second vaccination to check for antibodies, but I don't know how likely it is that I will develop immunity so quickly. I am soooooo upset because I really wanted to start this Spring! I will still try since I have not formally been rejected because of this incompletion, but I think my efforts will be for naught. I guess if I look at the bright side, I will definitely be immunized by the next period. Thanks for listening.
  14. by   tofutti
    For those who need the shots, try your county health department!

    I started my hepB series and some other shots last month. I have to go back two more times, and it's $97 each time just to walk through my Dr's door.

    So I'm glad I went to her for the titers and the first shots, but I'll finish the other two visits at county health.

    Even if you had all the shots 20 years ago, you might not be immune now. I found I don't have immunity to measles or varicella even though I had chickenpox as a kid and was immunized for measles way back when, too.

    I started my hep B series in September even though I don't even know if I got in the Spring program yet.

    I know some schools immunize their new nursing students themselves for cheap.

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