Immunizations Advice

  1. I went on the hunt looking for my immunization records today, and I can't find them. I was just wondering if anyone could give me advice as to what to do. Lol

    I guess I need a titers test? I am getting my CNA again (since it's been so long) so I can start working while I am doing my prereqs. They require my immunization records, and I guess this is a good thing that I have to deal with this now, since I would before I apply for the LPN program anyways. Do health departments usually do the tests and immunizations on adults as well? Would it generally be cheaper just to get each vaccine done again or do the titers test?

    I found somewhere that I could do a full panel titers test for $189 but it looks like it's on sale or something, so that might change when I actually have the money to do it.

    Just looking for advice from those who know about this stuff.

    Thank you!!
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  3. by   Wiggly Litchi
    If you have the vaccine series again, it may take some time, and depending on where you get the vaccines done, this could be quite expensive. It might be worth asking the school that you're applying to what your best option is as I'm sure they've dealt with this before.

    I had to get all my immunizations done as an adult (yay immigration), and the local health department took care of it for me - I still had to pay, but it wasn't too astronomical. For hep B and varicella, I got titers from a private company (The Shot Nurse here in Memphis was really cheap for those two, I think it came to $55 total). Shop around for prices and such; if it's been a while since you had your last shots, it might be time for boosters anyway.
  4. by   Meow278
    I actually found a site though searching on here
    Immunity Panel - Hepatitis B, MMR & Varicella Titer Panel – LabReqs.com
    $139 for Hep B, MMR, and Varicella titers

    I'll call my health department, and both of my sliding fee clinics near me just in case the vaccines are cheaper. I do need to get my Tdap vaccine, and worse comes to worse I'll go to Walgreens and get it for like $64.

    I guess I can live with those prices. This is just such a pain! It's my fault for not keeping better care of my paperwork though. Ugh.
  5. by   Wiggly Litchi
    Quote from Meow278
    I actually found a site though searching on here
    Immunity Panel - Hepatitis B, MMR & Varicella Titer Panel - LabReqs.com
    $139 for Hep B, MMR, and Varicella titers

    I'll call my health department, and both of my sliding fee clinics near me just in case the vaccines are cheaper. I do need to get my Tdap vaccine, and worse comes to worse I'll go to Walgreens and get it for like $64.

    I guess I can live with those prices. This is just such a pain! It's my fault for not keeping better care of my paperwork though. Ugh.
    I feel you haha - I lost my immunization paperwork eons ago, then when I moved to the states, I had to get the entire series of all shots again because I couldn't prove that I'd had them before. Held up my immigration app by almost 2 years
    So guess who now keeps her paperwork in a locked filing cabinet.... haha
  6. by   Meow278
    Quote from Wiggly Litchi
    I feel you haha - I lost my immunization paperwork eons ago, then when I moved to the states, I had to get the entire series of all shots again because I couldn't prove that I'd had them before. Held up my immigration app by almost 2 years
    So guess who now keeps her paperwork in a locked filing cabinet.... haha
    I might start doing that! Lock that up. lol

    I'm wondering though is the tdap vaccine just one shot? Like I know it's for different things but when you get it do they just stick you one time? Does anyone know?

    Edit: I'm researching this I'm just so confused. I might just stop for tonight. haha
  7. by   Wiggly Litchi
    Quote from Meow278
    I might start doing that! Lock that up. lol

    I'm wondering though is the tdap vaccine just one shot? Like I know it's for different things but when you get it do they just stick you one time? Does anyone know?

    Edit: I'm researching this I'm just so confused. I might just stop for tonight. haha
    Tdap's just one shot, and a booster every 10yrs iirc
  8. by   DowntheRiver
    Do you have private health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, or uninsured? That will help guide my answer.
  9. by   Meow278
    Quote from DowntheRiver
    Do you have private health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, or uninsured? That will help guide my answer.
    I'm uninsured and don't have a job. Lol I was planning on waiting and getting a job as a CNA, but I might have to get a part time one just to pay for all this. I would hate to get one just to leave it though. That's if I can. I have been out of work for a while.
  10. by   KelRN215
    Don't you know who your pediatrician was as a child? Start by calling that office to get the records.
  11. by   Meow278
    Quote from KelRN215
    Don't you know who your pediatrician was as a child? Start by calling that office to get the records.
    I thought doctors offices only keep records for a certain time period? Do you think they would send them to me since I live in a different state now? I mean it's worth a shot if I can remember what her name is, I guess.
  12. by   KelRN215
    Quote from Meow278
    I thought doctors offices only keep records for a certain time period? Do you think they would send them to me since I live in a different state now? I mean it's worth a shot if I can remember what her name is, I guess.
    Some states set a minimum amount of time that records must be kept for but that doesn't mean records are necessarily destroyed beyond that point.

    What would living in a different state do have to do with anything? You're still you and your records are still yours, regardless of where you currently live.
  13. by   Meow278
    Quote from KelRN215
    Some states set a minimum amount of time that records must be kept for but that doesn't mean records are necessarily destroyed beyond that point.

    What would living in a different state do have to do with anything? You're still you and your records are still yours, regardless of where you currently live.
    I sense a little bit of snippiness from your post (please correct me if I'm wrong). I'm not sure what I did to warrant that, but I apologize if I offended you at all. I ask about the different state thing because I have no idea how it works, obviously. Thank you for your posts and I hope you have a good night.
  14. by   KelRN215
    Quote from Meow278
    I sense a little bit of snippiness from your post (please correct me if I'm wrong). I'm not sure what I did to warrant that, but I apologize if I offended you at all. I ask about the different state thing because I have no idea how it works, obviously. Thank you for your posts and I hope you have a good night.
    I genuinely wanted to know your thought process. Anything, like your personal medical records, that you are legally entitled to, you are legally entitled to. The records are still yours, regardless of where you now live.

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