Immunizations

  1. I am having some difficulties trying to get a copy of my immunizations from my childhood. I did not get my shots at a health department and the doctor that did mine is deceased and no one is able to tell me how I may obtained them.

    I called my elementary and high school alma maters and to no avail were they able to help.

    I need them to complete my registration for RN clinicals for Fall 2002 and the deadline is July 22.

    I called the school on Thursday but the chairperson will not be in until Monday 6-3.

    Has anyone else had this problems and if so, how was it handle?





    StephanysGetaway
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  2. 8 Comments

  3. by   nrselisa
    I had the exact problem. I had to have titers done. Do you have a baby book? I had a couple of dates written in my baby book & the Dr. just took those dates. Right now I am having a problem trying to find someone to give me a tetnus shot. I was given a number to try, so hopefully I get one soon.
  4. by   amblessing
    I have the same problem. No shot records and my pediatrician is surely dead by now. So, I'm going to get the titers if they are not too expensive or I will just get re-immunized. I have to have MMR, Hep B, and Chicken Pox.
  5. by   kids
    I had no records for the very few childhood immunizations I had...and my Mom is a Nurse (go figure). My OB/Gyn had done a rubella titer as part of my prenatal blood work. I just went ahead and got reimmunized at the County health department. I was on a waiting list for a year to get the injected polio (low priority request at the time, I hear it is much easier to get now).
  6. by   DebsZoo

    Looks like I will be heading to the health dept. for re-immunizations..............no records here either
  7. by   Lisa2902
    Same problem here. Baby doc is deceased, called all the health depts, called the high school and the school board and ended up with nada! I had to rely on my older sister for approximate shot dates to fill out my initial paperwork because my mom has Alzheimers. I did find out that the health dept does titers though. For about $5.00 each so I'll have to go that route to get the documentation. I would check if your health dept offers that. I'm sure it would be cheaper than the doctors or the labs.
  8. by   Love-A-Nurse
    Originally posted by Lisa2902
    Same problem here. Baby doc is deceased, called all the health depts, called the high school and the school board and ended up with nada! I had to rely on my older sister for approximate shot dates to fill out my initial paperwork because my mom has Alzheimers. I did find out that the health dept does titers though. For about $5.00 each so I'll have to go that route to get the documentation. I would check if your health dept offers that. I'm sure it would be cheaper than the doctors or the labs.

    Thanks for the replies, everyone! I will be going to get my titers done as well. I talked to the nursing chairperson today. I talked to the nurse at the MD's office where I will be getting my PAP done and she said although I have had my 3 rotations of the Hep B, getting a titer will not let one know that the 3 shots were given.

    Oh, well, it is going to take money in this program either way, I am not going to complain, I am in and I will do what it takes (within reason, of course) to stay in.

    Ouch, is what I feel before I get stuck!
  9. by   christinemj
    Even if you didn't get the shots DONE at the health dept, did you still check with them anyway?? There MIGHT be a regional immunization record repository.

    Here, the whole state dumps the immunization records into a record bank that can be accessed by all health care providers and health departments. I thought that it was only a recent thing and that my records were gone for good. Nope, I just got my older than dirt records today!! WOOHOO!! They WERE archived and offline, but still available!
  10. by   kellye
    for me shots were cheaper than titers & less of a headache than to track down my records

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