Tracking Your Vaccines

Make sure everyone on the family is up to date on recommended immunizations

When was the date of your child’s last tetanus shot? Did you ever get the measles vaccine? What age is too old for the HPV vaccine? It’s hard to know the answers to these questions off the top of your head; but now they can be at your fingertips, with our printable vaccine trackers. There’s one for kids from birth to 18 years and one for adults. The recommendations are based on the latest schedules released in January 2010 by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), a group of immunization experts selected by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. These guidelines are intended for adults and children who are healthy overall. If you or your child has any chronic conditions or other health concerns, get your doctor’s suggestions for immunizations.

Print these trackers—one for kids and one for adults—and keep them with your other medical records. Jot down the date you or your child received each recommended vaccine, and use the “notes” section to list any reactions you might have had to a vaccine.

Here is a glossary of abbreviations of vaccine names: DTaP or Td or Tdap: Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis or Tetanus and diphtheria or Tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis vaccines

HepA: Hepatitis A vaccine

Hep B: Hepatitis B vaccine

Hib: Haemophilus influenzae type b conjugate vaccine

HPV: Human papillomavirus vaccine

IPV: Inactivated poliovirus vaccine

MCV: Meningococcal vaccine

MMR: Measles, mumps, rubella (German measles) vaccine

PCV or PPSV: Pneumococcal vaccine

RV: Rotavirus vaccine

Varicella: Chicken pox vaccine

Zoster: Herpes zoster (shingles) vaccine

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