Vaccines Save Lives

Shots (also referred to as vaccines and immunizations) protect children and adults against many serious diseases. Shots reduce or prevent sickness and death due to several types of diseases.

Babies and young children should receive shots on a regular basis to be up-to-date on their vaccines. Your doctor or clinic should track when babies and young children need their next shots.

Adults also need to be up-to-date on their vaccinations, especially the Flu Shot. Members should see their doctor about whether they need a flu shot.

IZ Registry

The California Immunization Registry keeps track of the shots you and your child get from doctors. Most clinics and medical offices have access to the registry. The Registry makes life easier for doctors and parents/guardians.

Schools can look into the registry to verify shots. If you or your child changes to another clinic or medical office, that new office/clinic can see your shot information. This prevents needless repeats of shots you or your child already had.

Below is information about the registry in Alameda County.

What is the Registry?

  • A computer system that tracks the shots given to every child in the state.
  • Doctors, schools, WIC, day care, and Public Health can access the system.

How does the Registry help?

  • Keeps track of all shots, so you don't miss any or get too many
  • Sends reminders when you or your child needs shots
  • Gives you a copy of the shot record from a doctor
  • Can show proof about shots needed to start child care, school, or a new job

How does the Registry help your health care providers?

Doctors, nurses, health plans, and public health agencies use the registry to:

  • See which shots are needed
  • Remind you about shots needed
  • Prevent disease from spreading

Can schools or other programs see the Registry?

Yes, but this is limited. Schools, child care, and other agencies allowed under California law may:

  • See which shots children in their programs need
  • Make sure children have all shots needed to start child care or school

What information can be shared in the Registry?

  • Patient's name, sex, and birth place
  • Parents' or guardians' names
  • Information to identify patients
  • Details about a patient's shots
Under California law, only your doctor's office, health plan, or public health department may see your address and phone number.

Patients and Parent Rights

It's your legal right to ask:

  • Not to share your (or your child's) registry shot records with others besides your doctor
  • Not to get shot reminders from our doctor's office
  • To look at a copy of your or your child's shot records
  • Who has seen the records or to have the doctor change any mistakes
*By law, public health officials can also look at the registry in the case of a public health emergency.

If you DO want your or your child's records in the registry, do nothing. You're all done.

If you DO NOT want the Alliance to share your immunization information in the records, request a "Decline or Start Sharing/Information Request Form" 
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