Locating Your Immunization Records
If you recall getting immunizations as a child, but are unsure where to locate your immunization records, we recommend checking the sources below.
If you have attended another college or university prior to enrolling at San Diego State, you may have had to provide immunization records to that institution. Those records will often be retained for seven to ten years. Contact your previous institution and ask about records you may have submitted. We recommend checking with their health center or admissions offices as a starting point if you're not sure who to contact. You may need to complete a Release of Information form to obtain your records from those institutions.
In many states, doctors' offices are required to upload vaccines given to children directly into a statewide vaccine registry system. Many states have portals where citizens of that state (or former citizens of that state) can access records.
If you are a California resident, SDSU already has an interface with the California immunization registry and has imported any records that this system had on file for you.
For residents of other states, you can use the information from the Centers for Disease Control to locate contact information for your state's registry.
Don't forget--you want to contact the registry for the state where you lived when you were a child. Many of the vaccines SDSU requires were likely given when you were a small child, though some of the vaccines would have been given during your middle and high school years.
If you cannot locate records, but you recall getting vaccinated as a child, you can provide laboratory evidence of immunity to meet a few of the requirements. Your medical provider can order blood tests to check for immunity to the following:
- Measles, Mumps, Rubella
- Varicella (chickenpox)
- Hepatitis B