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Published on Thursday, June 29, 2017

Metro Health to Move Thousands of Patient Immunization Records to the State’s Registry; Records will be Searchable State-Wide

Measure will require all parents of minors and individuals 18 years of age or older to opt in to the State’s Immunization Registry if they wish to maintain their records.

Contact: Carol Schliesinger

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SAN ANTONIO (June 29, 2017) –  The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District (Metro Health) is preparing to transfer its immunization records into the Texas Department of State Health Services immunization registry, called ImmTrac2.

While the change will allow individuals to search for their immunization records at any health department or medical provider across the state, individuals have to actively opt in to ensure their records are maintained for future retrieval. Parents of children under 18 years of age will have to actively opt in to ImmTrac2 for their children’s records to remain in the system. Adults will have to do the same if they want to maintain their immunization record on file.

“An individual’s immunization record is an essential document used throughout their lifetime. It is critical that we get the public’s assistance in opting in to ImmTrac2 so their records can be easily located by any medical provider across the state,” said Dr Colleen Bridger, Director, Metro Health.

Adults are often required to show proof of immunizations in a number of instances such as employment in healthcare or childcare settings, international travel and college admission. If immunization records are not available, an individual would need to be revaccinated or get laboratory proof of immunization.

To opt in, individuals must contact their healthcare provider and request the ImmTrac2 consent form or they can download the form from the ImmTrac2 web site at https://www.dshs.texas.gov/immunize/immtrac/forms.shtm . Adults should complete the form titled Adult Consent Form (F11-13366/English), (F11-13366A/Spanish), or for minors, parents/guardians should complete the form titled Minor Consent Form (C-7/English), (C-7A/Spanish).  Completed consent form should be delivered to your healthcare provider, or mailed to Metro Health at Immunization Branch, Attn:  ImmTrac2, 111 Soledad St., Suite 600, San Antonio, TX  78205.

Since 2005, parents of children born in Bexar County have been given the option to opt in to the Texas immunizations registry at the hospital where their child was born. Expectant parents are encouraged to opt in to ImmTrac2 at the time of their child’s birth. Children born prior to 2005 or born outside of the state might not be included in ImmTrac2 and parents are urged to opt in now to preserve their immunization record.

The complete transfer is expected to be completed in 2018. For questions about the transition of immunization records to ImmTrac2, please call 210-207-5071.

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