FAQ's on the Washington State Immunization Registry
What is the Washington State DOH Immunization Registry?
The Washington State Immunization Registry is an online system which houses immunization records for people of all ages. Pharmacies, clinics, and medical providers use it to record immunizations given. People and their medical providers then have an accessible ongoing record. Most children born and/or vaccinated in Washington already have their information in the state immunization registry. The Immunization Registry allows users to view and print their vaccination records via MyIR (https://wa.myir.net/). School health nurses can confidentially and efficiently check student vaccination records. They save time and avoid duplicating efforts by using a universal system.
Why is BISD asking for updated immunization information now?
Beginning with the 2023-24 school year, BISD is transitioning to using the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) Immunization Registry. This allows school health staff to confidentially and efficiently check student vaccination records. School health staff confirm that your student's information is accurate, and if needed, update your student's immunization record. In order to do this, school health staff need:
- medically verified records per State law (enacted August 1, 2020)
- permission from the student's parent/guardian in order to update the student's DOH Immunization Record (aka MyIR). If a student does not have a record, one can be created.
School health nurses can confidentially and efficiently check student vaccination records. They save time and avoid duplicating efforts by using a universal system. School health staff can update students' Immunization Records as well.
What are medically verified records?
"Medically verified" means that an immunization record is confirmed as accurate by the provider who gave the immunization(s). Here are some examples of medically verified immunization records:
A medical record from a health care provider with their name and signature
An immunization record printed from a clinic or hospital's electronic health system
A medical record with an official health facility or provider logo/stamp
A document from another U.S. state or territorial immunization registry
An official lifetime immunization record with a unique health care provider/clinic stamp, or provider signature
For foreign students: a translated official immunization record such as an immigration form or lifetime immunization record from the home country with a clinic or health care provider stamp
Does my child have to get a vaccine again if I can't find the record?
In most cases, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends repeating the vaccine if there is no medically verified record that the vaccine was given. A titer test may be available to check whether your child is immune to the disease. Consult with your healthcare provider for the best option for your child.More information about Washington State vaccine requirements can be found at the Washington State Department of Health website: www.doh.wa.gov/CommunityandEnvironment/Schools/Immunization/VaccineRequirements.aspx
Where can I view my student’s vaccination in the Washington State Immunization Registry and see what’s missing?
The WA DOH Immunization Registry can be directly accessed by parents/guardians/students using MyIR (https://wa.myir.net/). This is helpful when needing a record of one’s lifetime vaccinations now or in the future.
Why should my child be up to date on their immunizations?
Skipping vaccinations or missing vaccine doses makes it more likely that your child can get sick or give an illness to someone else.
In Washington, all children 18-years old or younger may get vaccines at low or no cost from their health care provider or county health department. Providers may charge an office visit fee and a fee to give the vaccine, called an administration fee. If you cannot pay the administration fee, ask your provider to waive the cost.