Keeping up with the recommended schedule of vaccinations is an important part of managing your health. But it can be difficult to remember which vaccines you’ve received – and when.
If you regularly see a health care provider, including a pharmacist, they will be able to help keep you on track to get your vaccines based on the schedule recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
You can also access your vaccination records directly.
The state of Michigan has an online portal where you can retrieve your vaccination records. It’s called the Michigan Immunization Portal. Users must be at least 18 years old. Here’s how you retrieve your vaccination record:
- Go to the Michigan Immunization Portal online
- Create an account or sign into your existing account
- Upload a photo of your valid government-issued I.D. (your driver’s license, state I.D. card or passport)
If you received vaccines in another state, check with that state’s health department to see if they have kept vaccination records. You can also check with the pharmacy, clinic, provider’s office or hospital where you received the vaccination to see if they kept records.
The importance of vaccinations
Vaccinations don’t just help you stay healthy. They can also protect the health of those around you – including people with compromised, weakened or undeveloped immune systems. Young children are vulnerable to infectious diseases because their immunity isn’t fully established. Older adults are also highly vulnerable.
When to get vaccinated
Some vaccines, like for the seasonal flu, are administered each year. COVID vaccines and booster doses follow a schedule that depends on the individual receiving the vaccine and the manufacturer of the vaccine. Others, such as tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis are recommended every 10 years as a booster shot.
Additionally, individuals planning international trips should check government regulations for the recommendation or requirement of specific vaccines before traveling. For example, certain countries require travelers to show proof they have had a yellow fever vaccine.
Where to get vaccinated
Routine vaccinations are typically free to most with health coverage. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan members can receive vaccinations through their primary care doctor or local pharmacy. Blue Care Network members can receive free treatment at participating locations.
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