The digital health world recently took a step in the right direction when it comes to supporting access to your health care information. You can now be in charge of both your own and your family’s immunizations records in several states through a tool and online resource called MyIR (think “my immunization registry”). You can register yourself and your dependents and access to your official, consolidated immunization records on any device, any time. How great is that? No more calling your doctor’s office and asking them to fax your records over. Waiting for snail mail to deliver a copy is a thing of the past. For procrastinators with school paperwork, this is for YOU! With back to school rapidly approaching, now is the time to get your children up to date on their vaccines. And a great time for you to have unfettered access to the records.
New Immunization Record Access: MyIR
- MyIR gives you access to your official, consolidated immunization records on any device, any time
- Records get updated immediately after any new vaccine is given
- Can be printed to give schools, athletic clubs and day cares
- Available in: Alaska, Arizona, Louisiana, Washington & West Virginia
Here’s How To Get Your Immunization Record:
- Visit: www.myir.net and register.
- You can register yourself and any other family members
- Verify: click Auto Match to have the site match your account with your state records
- If Auto Match can’t find an exact match, click State Assisted Registration and follow steps (I had to do this and it was very efficient!).
2016 Vaccine Updates In Washington State
- Last year, 85% of WA State kindergarteners had all required immunizations. Ideally we’ll get that up closer to 95%
- Need 2 chicken pox shots documented this year. This year, schools are requiring documentation for all children in K-12 fro varicella vaccine. Parents need to make sure the school has the record to prove children have had both doses (given typically at 1 year and 4 year well child check-ups).
- The flu vaccine is not required for school, but is safe and essential — flu vaccine is recommended for all children over 6 months of age.
- Nasal flu vaccine not recommended this year — only option is the poke, but it’s the best bet at protecting your children from influenza!
HPV Vaccine Reminders
- The HPV vaccine reduces the risk of cancer from HPV for boys and girls. It also reduces the likelihood of getting genital warts and lesions after teens or young women and men becomes sexually active.
- All teens benefit: girls & boys receive 3 doses of the HPV vaccine starting at age 11. First dose at age 11 years, a second dose 2 months later, and a third dose at least 6 months after the first dose. If you wait a bit longer, the series doesn’t have to be restarted so get in to get the booster if you haven’t finished all three shots in the series!
- No benefit in waiting! The vaccine is proven more effective at younger ages (age 11 tends to give a more robust immune response than when giving the vaccine in later adolescence). There is no health benefit in waiting in immunize your teens — same pain with the poke but more time a teen could be exposed to HPV.