This is a nation-wide campaign. In our clinic, everyone 64 and younger who is due a Tetanus shot, gets the Tdap (tetanus, diptheria and acellular pertussis). We have been doing it now for about 3 years. The problem comes when someone said they got a "tetanus" shot a couple years ago and we cannot immediately verify if they got the Td or the Tdap. That is why the states are putting the immunizations on line into an immunization register. But logging into it, and documenting the shot there, plus in your own clinic or hospital's record is time consuming when you are giving so many shots a day. So most of the private hospitals and clinics opt out. I am pretty sure that California has an immunization registry, so when you have time, take the info your doc gave you on the type and date of your shot to your health department and ask them to enter it into their records also. If you have any old shot records, take them also and get them all into one electronic record. The paper records deteriorate and once the dates can't be read, they will be gone.
Most of what I do is try to get a complete record for our patients. I go on line to the OSIIS (Oklahoma State Immunization Information System) and download any they got or history shots recorded in the Health Department's records, look them up in other Indian Health Clinics if they have been there, etc. We converted to electronic health record 3 years ago but had no money to hire the extra people needed to copy what was in their paper chart to the electronic record. So I try to do it on a random basis, at least the immunizations anyway. My mother never gave me a shot record, but she was good about marking them in my baby book which she did give to me. When I went to work at LIH, I was in such a habit of copying immunizations from shot records into our paper records I decided to do mine. Am I ever glad I did. In 1989 our moble home burned to the ground and we lost everything. Now I have copied those shots dating back to the 1950's into 2 electronic records so I will always have them.
As for me getting the vaccine, no, I have not had mine yet. I think I have recently (a few years ago) had whooping cough when I was working Peds. I can recall 2 other previous episodes in my adult life that looking back was probably whooping cough. No one tests for it much, but they are starting to again now. I think I am due due for my tetanus soon and will get it then.
I know for most people this is way too much info, but it is what I do day in and day out!
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to accept the people I cannot change,
the courage to change the one I can,
and the wisdom to know it's me."
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