Track your student's immunization record for school.

A parent tracks their kids' immunization records for school on his laptop.

The CDC says it’s essential to keep track of your child’s vaccination records, especially if your state requires vaccines for childcare or school. Learn how to easily create and keep school immunization records.

Every parent wants to know that their children are safe from disease and other illnesses. Keeping a record of your child’s shots is one way to ensure they are up-to-date and you haven’t missed anything. Having a child’s immunization records for school can also make it easier to register them for other activities.

Read on to learn more about where to get immunization records for school and how to create an immunization record.

What is an immunization record?

An immunization record is a documented history of all the vaccines your child has received so far. This document is proof that a student has been vaccinated against certain diseases, and it’s crucial for travel, school enrollment, and even some employment opportunities.

Now that you know more about what an immunization record is, let’s explore how to create an immunization record for school.

How to create an immunization record for school.

It’s important to save and update your child’s vaccine history. You’ll probably need to show school immunization records when you register them at a new school, childcare, summer camp, or a sports team. Using a PDF form will let you quickly and easily add info to a PDF for items you want to remember. Creating your child’s immunization record can also be accomplished using Adobe Acrobat online services.

Here are five CDC recommendations for how to maintain a copy of your child’s vaccination record:

  1. Start tracking your child’s immunization records as soon as they get their first shot.
  2. Safely keep the record where you can quickly find it.
  3. Bring the record to each of your child’s doctor appointments.
  4. Ask the nurse to write down the vaccine type, the date, and the dosage on their vaccination record.
  5. Record the name of the doctor’s office or clinic where your child got the shot, so you know where to find official records if needed.

What’s included in school immunization records?

School immunization records typically include a list of vaccines that have been administered to a student. While the exact vaccines can vary on the country, region, and the child’s birth year, here’s a general list of commonly required vaccines:

You now know what’s included in school immunization records. Next, we’ll answer, “How do schools verify immunization records?”

How do schools verify immunization records?

Schools typically have a standard process to verify immunization records, which may look like this:

  1. Submission of official records. The student’s parents are required to provide an official copy of the immunization record when enrolling the child in school.
  2. Review. Once the official vaccination record is submitted, the school’s health office will review the records to ensure they meet the school’s and country’s requirements.
  3. Notification. If there are any missing vaccinations or if the school requires additional documentation, the school notifies the student’s parents.
  4. Exemptions. In some regions, medical or religious exemptions are allowed. In these cases, the school may require appropriate documentation explaining the exemption.

You know how schools verify immunization records so now, let’s learn how to track student immunizations.

How to track student immunizations via PDF.

These days, a student immunization record for your child is critical. Being able to access student immunization records anywhere is one of the benefits of digital record keeping. It’s a good idea to make and keep your own copy of the vaccines your child receives, even if the school maintains a record. No one will be better at making sure this record is accurate and current than you. With a free app like Acrobat Reader, you can store digital copies of these important records and access them on your phone or computer when necessary.

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