Idaho's Immunization Reminder Information System (IRIS)
The Idaho Immunization Program houses and maintains Idaho’s Immunization Reminder Information System (IRIS). IRIS is a secure statewide immunization registry which will track, forecast, and help remind patients when immunizations are needed. IRIS also provides a permanent immunization record to help reduce unnecessary immunizations and save providers time when requesting patient records. Healthcare providers that don't already have access to IRIS may request an IRIS account http:here.
Talk with your doctor about the best options to make sure you are up-to-date on vaccines.
If you need official copies of immunization records, or if you need to update your personal record, ask your provider to retrieve your records from IRIS. If they are not available on IRIS there are several places you can look:
- Ask parents or other caregivers if they have records of your childhood immunizations.
- Try looking through baby books or other saved documents from your childhood.
- Check with your high school and/or college health services for dates of any immunizations. Keep in mind that generally records are kept for only 1-2 years after students leave the system.
- Check with previous employers (including the military) that may have required immunizations.
- Check with your doctor or public health clinic. Keep in mind that immunization records are maintained at doctor’s office for a limited number of years.
If you are able to locate your immunization records you can ask your provider to input historical records into IRIS. You can also request that all current and future immunization be documented in IRIS.
What To Do If You Can't Find Your Records
If you can’t find your immunization records or records from the doctor, you might need to get some of the vaccines again. While this is not ideal, it is safe to repeat vaccines. Your doctor can also sometimes do blood tests to see if you are immune to certain vaccine-preventable diseases.
Tools to Record Your Immunizations
Today we move, travel, and change health care providers more than we did in previous generations. Finding old immunization information can be difficult and time-consuming. Therefore, it is critical that you keep an accurate and up-to-date record of the immunizations you have received. Keeping an immunization record and storing it with other important documents or in a safe place will save you time and unnecessary hassle.
Ask your doctor, pharmacist or other vaccine provider for an immunization record form or download and use this form . Bring this record with you to health visits, and ask your vaccine provider to sign and date the form for each vaccine you receive. That way, you can be sure that the immunization information you have is current and correct.
You can also use the HealthIT online tool to help manage your immunization record.