When you move to a new state, switch doctors, and change your child’s school district, it’s up to you to provide your kid’s medical history. And you’ll need their immunization records to register them for school, child care, athletic teams, summer camps, and trips.
You’ll be hard-pressed to find a doctor’s office that keeps paper-only records these days. So why should you? Sure, you could get an immunization tracking card from your child’s doctor or use the handy Immunizations and Developmental Milestones card from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but what happens if you lose it? If Fido eats it? Or, worst case scenario, if it’s lost in a flood or fire?
Fear not—there’s an app for that. Multiple apps, actually. Below are a few mobile trackers for you to stay on top of your child’s vaccines.
Vaccines on the Go: What You Should Know. The Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia created this app so busy parents can access information about the science, safety, and importance of vaccines whenever they need it. On it, you’ll find information about vaccines and what diseases they prevent, types of vaccines, recommended schedules for children, teens, and adults, and many other resources. (Free on iTunes and Google Play)
Child Health Tracker. Stay on top of upcoming visits, immunizations, milestones, medications and more with this app from the American Academy of Pediatrics. You can also record critical contacts like caregivers and healthcare providers in a searchable database and tools to communicate priorities with your doctors. ($2.99 on iTunes)
CDC Vaccine Schedules. This app offers quick access to recommended immunization schedules for babies, children, and adults. You can see which vaccines are recommended based on your specific medical conditions, including a contraindications and precautions table. Each vaccine is hyperlinked to give you dose specifics and related resources. (Free on iTunes and Google Play)
Shots by AAFP/STFM. Receive the latest guidance on adult and child immunization schedules from the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, including children’s catch-up schedules. This app also offers schedules for combination vaccines and can tailor vaccine schedules, potential adverse reactions, and contraindications. Brand names, CPT codes, and resident education are listed for each specific vaccine. (Free on iTunes and Google Play)
Sinclair Broadcast Group is committed to the health and well-being of our viewers, which is why we initiated Sinclair Cares. Every month we’ll bring you information about the “Cause of the Month,” including topical information, education, awareness, and prevention. August is National Immunization Awareness Month.
This content is for informational purposes only. Please contact your physician for more information and advice.