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VA Immunizations

What is an immunization?

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:


What is VA Immunizations?

VA Immunizations is a part of the My HealtheVet Personal Health Record found under the VA Blue Button section. Here VA patients can view a record of the vaccinations they have received, which are in their official VA health record.


What information will I be able to view in VA Immunizations?

The top section will display:

  • Source: VA
    Last Updated:
    Your VA Immunizations list may not be complete. If you have any questions
    about your information, visit the FAQs or contact your VA health care team.

    This section shows your five most recent immunization records.
    Sorted By: Date Received (Descending)


    • Immunization - name of immunization (vaccine)

    • Date Received - Date/time immunization was entered in your VA health record

     

Next, you will view the following information:

  • This section shows all of the immunizations listed in your VA health record, grouped by immunization. Sorted By: Immunization Name, then Date (Descending)

    • Immunization: Name of immunization (vaccine)

    • Date Received: Date/time immunization was entered in your VA health record

    • Location: The VA facility where you received the immunization

    • Reaction: *

    • Comments:

    Reaction Key: * = Check information in your VA Allergies and Adverse Reactions as well as your self reported allergies. This may let you know if you had a reaction to an immunization you received.

    Please contact your health care team with any questions about your VA Immunization information.

     


What are the benefits of having VA Immunizations in My HealtheVet?

  • You have access to your immunization information found in your electronic VA health record 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  • You can share your VA Immunizations with caregivers or non-VA health care providers as a historical reference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.


What are the requirements for viewing VA Immunizations?

To view your VA Immunizations you must:

  • be a Veteran enrolled at a VA health care facility

  • be a registered as a VA Patient in My HealtheVet

  • have a My HealtheVet Premium* account

*To get a My HealtheVet Premium account, you will need to go through authentication. This is a process by which VA verifies a Veterans' identity before allowing access to their VA health record. To learn more, go to: Upgrading your My HealtheVet account through In-Person or Online Authentication.


How do I view, print or download a copy of my VA Immunizations?

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

  • Log into your My HealtheVet

  • Select Download My Data

  • Select Continue

  • You can now select the Types of Information

    • Choose Select one or more types of information

    • Select VA Immunizations

    • 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


Will my VA Immunizations record show if I had a reaction to a vaccine?

No, if you had a reaction to a vaccine it will not show in your VA Immunizations record. If you had a reaction you health care team may have recorded this in your VA Allergies. This is why it is always good, when you select VA Immunizations in VA Blue Button to also select VA Allergies. In addition, you should select your (self-entered) Allergies and Adverse Reactions and (self-entered) Immunizations to see if you documented reactions to any immunizations.

Note: If you find something missing in your VA health record you should talk to your VA health care team. If you think the information is not accurate, contact the Release of Information Clerk at your local VA health facility. .


Can I add information to my VA Immunizations record?

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


Can I self-enter immunization information?

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 tab

  • Select the Add/New Self Entered Immunization link


If I have VA Immunizations why should I self-enter 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. You might want to self-enter immunizations you got as a child or received by your non-VA health care provider. Having all your immunization information in one location is a good practice. Do not forget to share this information with both your VA health care team and non-VA health care provider.


Should I take a printed copy of my VA Immunizations to my appointment with my non-VA provider?

Yes, you can use VA Blue Button to download or print a copy of your VA Immunizations. You can take this with you to your non-VA appointments. This will give additional information to your non-VA providers.

Using the VA Blue Button, you can also view a combined list of immunization information, to include:

  • VA Immunizations from your VA health record

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

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 health care team view my information in My HealtheVet?

No, your health care team cannot view any information in your My HealtheVet account. Your health care team does not have access to this information unless you share it.


What should I do if I think my VA Immunizations record is not accurate?

If you think information in your VA Immunizations is not accurate, let your VA health care team know. You should also contact the Release of Information Office at your VA facility. The Release of Information staff can guide you through the process to request a correction to your VA health record.


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.


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

If you have questions about your VA Immunizations:

  • Select the Learn More link, which has general information about immunizations

  • If you still have questions or do not understand your information, you can contact 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 the 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.


I see a yellow text box at the top of the page with a triangle icon, what does this mean?

This is a message box that lets you know the status of your information. For example:

  • If you have no information in the system, the message in the box will read: "Information is not available"

  • If My HealtheVet is not able to retrieve your information, the message in the box will read: "Request cannot be processed at this time" . If you see this message, you may wish to check back later.

  • If your information is being updated, the message will read: "We are updating your VA Vitals and Readings information. Updates to your data are still in progress. Please refresh this screen or check back later."