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Immunizations: Self Reported

What are Immunizations?

Quite often you may hear an immunization called a vaccine. Vaccinations help your body fight preventable infectious diseases such as:

Vaccinations are also available for less common diseases such as:

Note: Vaccines do not always prevent the disease. However, by getting a vaccine you may have a less severe case of the disease.


What is the Immunizations feature in My HealtheVet?

Immunizations, is a section of the My HealtheVet Personal Health Record (www.myhealth.va.gov). It is found under the Track Health tab, in the Health History section. Here registered My HealtheVet users can self-enter their Immunizations. These may include those given by their non-VA provider, local health department or other sites that offer vaccines.

As a registered user, you can self-enter Immunizations and vaccinations you received. If you have a Premium account, you may be able to view your VA Immunizations. For more information about the different account types and what you can view, visit My HealtheVet Account Types.


How do I access the self entered Immunizations feature in My HealtheVet?

  • Log into your My HealtheVet account

  • Select the Track Health tab

  • Select the Health History tab

  • Select Immunizations


What is the difference between Immunizations, Self Reported and my VA Immunizations?

Immunizations, Self Reported, is information you self-enter in My HealtheVet. These are your non-VA immunizations/vaccines that you update and maintain in your My HealtheVet account as you strive to manage and improve your health. The information is accessed through the Track Health tab.

VA Immunizations is information your health care team enters into your VA health record. These are Immunizations/vaccines given to you while you are at a clinic appointment, during a procedure, or when you are a patient in the VA hospital.

Note: To help you identify Information that comes from your official VA health record, it always has VA in front of it. If it begins with DoD it comes from the Department of Defense. All other information is self-entered by you. In the VA Blue Button, information you self-enter includes the word Self-Reported.


What Immunization information will I be able to self-enter and/or view?

In the Immunizations section you will be able to self-enter and/or view the:

  • Name of immunization (vaccine) - a drop down list makes it easy to find and select the immunization you received.

  • Date Received- this is the date you received your Immunization

  • Method - a drop-down list makes it easy to select how your Immunization was given (Injection, Inhalant, or By Mouth)

  • Reaction - you can record if you had a reaction from a list of common reactions

  • Comments - here you can enter any special information you might have about your Immunization


What are the benefits of self-entering and tracking my Immunizations?

  • You have access to your Immunization information when you want it

  • It will help you and your health care team ensure you are protected against vaccine-preventable diseases

  • It can prevent unnecessary re-vaccination during a health emergency

  • You are provided with important information about your health

  • You can share your Immunization history with caregivers or non-VA health care providers as a historical reference

Note: Vaccines do not always prevent the disease. However, by getting a vaccine you may have a less severe case of the disease.


Why is it important to keep track of my Immunizations?

In today's health care market, there are many places we can go to get an Immunization/vaccine. This can be the local drug store, health department, at a health care facility (VA and non-VA), and now even super markets offer flu shots. There are also the immunizations we may have received as a child.

Making sure your VA and non-VA health care teams has all your Immunizations information is good practice. This helps them know you are protected against vaccine-preventable diseases. When your health care team has all your health information, they are better able to meet your health care needs.

Do not forget to share this information with anyone involved with your care. This may include your caregiver, VA health care team and non-VA health care provider.


What are the requirements for using the self-entered Immunizations feature?

Immunizations you self-enter is a feature in My HealtheVet that is available to anyone with a My HealtheVet account. For more information about the different account types and what you can view, visit My HealtheVet Account Types.

Specific features in My HealtheVet are available to you based on your account type. All users who have a Basic account are able to view their self-entered information. If you are a VA patient, you can upgrade your account to Advanced or Premium. These account types may allow you to refill your VA prescriptions online and view parts of your VA health record and/or DoD Military Service Information.

Take time to Register Today. Veterans, who are enrolled in the VA Healthcare System, may upgrade to a Premium account. To do this you will need to go through authentication. This is a process by which VA verifies your identity before allowing access to your VA health record. To learn more, go to: Upgrading your My HealtheVet account through In-Person or Online Authentication.


Can I view, print or download Immunizations that I self-entered?

Yes, you can use the VA Blue Button, to view, print or download a combined list of your Immunization information, to include:

  • VA Immunizations from your VA health record

  • Immunization information that you self-entered in your My HealtheVet account

To access, view, print or download a copy of your Immunizations report:

  • Log into your My HealtheVet account

  • Select Download My Data

  • Select Continue

On the Download My Selected Data page, there are many ways you can download your information. You can choose a Date Range, select the Types of Information you wish to include in your download or do both.

  • Under Select Date Range, you can choose:

    • 3 months

    • 6 months

    • 1 year

    • Select Date Range - use the drop down arrows to select a start and end date to view your information.

  • To download Types of Information:

    • Choose Select one or more types of information

    • Select Immunizations, Self Reported

    • You can also select your VA Immunizations at the same time

    • Select Submit

    • Select either Download PDF File for a format that is easy to read and print (PDF file) or Download for a simple text format (.txt file)

    • Select View/Print if you want a printed list

    • Select the Done box to return to the previous screen


If I had a reaction to an Immunization, where should I put that information?

The Immunization feature has a section where you can record an allergy or reaction to the vaccine. When you self-enter your information there is a section called Reaction. There you will find a list of common reactions you can choose from.

You can also edit your entry. If you need to record a reaction to an Immunization

  • Select the link with the name of the vaccine.

  • Then select Edit.

  • In the Reaction section, enter the type of reaction you had

  • Select Submit.


Can I add, edit and or delete my Immunization information that I self-enter?

Yes, you can add, edit or delete your self-entered Immunization information in My HealtheVet

To add information to your self-entered Immunization record:

  • Log into your My HealtheVet account

  • Select the Track Health tab

  • Select the Health History tab

  • Select the Immunization

  • Select the red Add/New button in the Immunizations box

To edit or delete:

  • In the Immunizations box select the link with the name of the Immunization you want to edit and/or delete

  • On the Immunizations Details page:

    • Select the red Edit button to remove and/or add information

    • If you made an edit but changed your mind, you can select the Reset button

  • Select the red Save button to save your changes

  • Select the red Delete button to remove a self-entered Immunization


Can I add or edit information in my VA Immunizations record?

No. You can only view your VA Immunizations information that comes from your VA health record.


If I have VA Immunizations why should I self-enter other Immunization information in My HealtheVet?

What you self-enter is immunization (vaccine) information that is not in your VA health record. For example, this could be a flu shot you got at your local drug store. Your information might also include immunizations you got as a child or received by your non-VA health care provider.

Your VA health team does not have access to your non-VA Immunization information unless you share it. When you use the VA Blue Button you can view, print and download a copy of both your VA and Self-Reported Immunizations, then share this with your VA and Non-VA health care teams. When your health care teams (VA and non-VA) have a list of all your Immunizations it helps them better meet your health care needs.


Where can I learn more about Immunizations?

Go to the Learn More section under the About MHV tab. Here you can find general information about Immunizations and links to additional resources.

Use the Medical Library in My HealtheVet to learn more about the different Immunizations and or vaccines. You can also find information about specific health conditions. The Medical Library has in-depth information about medical conditions.


Should I take a printed copy of my VA Blue Button: Self Reported and VA Immunization report to share with my (VA and/or non-VA) providers?

Yes, you can use the VA Blue Button, to view, print or download a combined list of your Immunization information, to include:

  • VA Immunizations from your VA health record

  • Immunization information that you self-entered in your My HealtheVet account

Take this with you to your appointments. This will give additional information to your VA and/or non-VA providers.

Note: Do not forget to include your self-entered Immunizations. Also include your VA Allergy and self-entered Allergies and Adverse Reaction information when you select VA Immunizations


Can my VA and non-VA health care team view my information in My HealtheVet?

No, your health care teams cannot view any information in your Personal Health Record. Your VA and non-VA health care teams do not have access to information you have self-entered in My HealtheVet unless you share it.


Is information in My HealtheVet protected, secure, and private?

My HealtheVet is a secure website. The VA follows strict security policies and practices to make sure that your personal health information is safe and protected.

Important to Note: You are responsible for protecting your personal information you print out or download. It is important to protect your information. Protect this information the same way you would protect your banking or credit card information. Do not leave your printed information on a printer. Do not save your downloaded information to a public computer. When using a public computer, save your information to a CD and/or thumb drive. Remember to take the CD or thumb drive with you when you finish. You should never send an email that contains personal health information. This is because email is not secure.


What should I do if I have any questions about my Immunizations?

If you have questions about your Immunizations:

  • Go to the Learn More section under the About MHV tab. Here you can find general information about features in My HealtheVet. This includes Immunizations and links to additional resources.


  • Visit the Medical Library in My HealtheVet to learn more about Immunizations, vaccines or about a specific health condition. The Medical Library has in-depth information.


  • If you still have questions or would like additional information, your health care team can help you with questions you have about your VA Immunizations. You can contact them by phone or during an upcoming appointment. If you have a My HealtheVet Premium account, you can use Secure Messaging to send a question to your VA health care team.


Who do I contact if I have a technical problem with the VA Immunizations feature?

You can contact My HealtheVet about technical problems you have with either the Self Reported or VA Immunizations feature. Simply, complete the Contact Us form to send a message to the My HealtheVet Help Desk. The staff will respond to your problem within three (3) business days.