June 9, 2011
ImmTrac, the Texas immunization registry, has expanded to include adults. The Texas Department of
State Health Services says the tool that’s been keeping track of children’s immunizations since 1997 will help all Texans know exactly which immunizations they’ve had.
With adults able to enroll in ImmTrac, people who provide consent can have their vaccine information stored electronically in a secure, confidential registry. ImmTrac allows people to request a copy of their record at any time, and doctors and schools can look up a person’s immunization history on the spot, avoiding unnecessary vaccinations.
“Most people associate immunization records with enrolling kids in school, but adults may need their records, too,” said Dr. Adolfo Valadez, DSHS Assistant Commissioner for Prevention and Preparedness. “ImmTrac keeps records in one place making it easy to know when you need an additional immunization, and when you don’t.”
Adults often need copies of their records for work, travel or school or due to concerns about an
illness. Over time immunization records may be lost and can be difficult to piece together quickly.
Doctors or other health care providers who are registered ImmTrac users can enroll patients of any age and confirm the consent necessary to have records stored in the system. People who were enrolled in ImmTrac as children must provide consent as adults for their records to remain in the registry once they turn 18. If that consent isn’t given by age 19, the childhood records are removed.
Find more information about ImmTrac and immunization schedules for adults and children at www.dshs.state.tx.us/immunize.
(News Media Contact: Christine Mann, DSHS Assistant Press Officer, 512-458-7511)
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