Got Your Shots? Parent's Guide to Electronic Immunization Records
Immunizing your child is one of the most loving things you can do. But keeping track of a child’s shots can be a problem – both for parents and for clinics. Now there is a solution: Minnesota Immunization Information Connection (MIIC). Updated 3/10
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MIIC is a program among health care providers, parents, public health agencies, and schools aimed at preventing disease through immunization. MIIC uses a confidential, computerized information system, also known as an immunization registry, which contains a complete and accurate record of a person’s immunizations, no matter where they got those shots.
As a parent, you will need your child’s shot records often - for day care, school, camp, sports programs, and doctor visits. MIIC makes getting these records easy. You and your doctor can get your child’s shot information when you need it. MIIC can be a real time-saver – especially if you change clinics often, as many families do.
- Send you a reminder notice when shots are due or past due. (Shots work best when given at certain ages.)
- Help your child’s doctor know which shots are due.
- Make sure your child doesn’t receive the same shot twice from different clinics.
The only people who can see your shot records either give immunizations or are required by law to record immunizations for enrollment - doctors, health departments, schools, day cares, and health insurance companies. This is protected by the Minnesota Immunization Data Sharing law, §144.3351. Information in MIIC is not shared with anyone else or used for any other purpose.
MIIC information includes only your child’s name, address (for reminder notices), your child’s date of birth, mother’s name (to ensure correct identification), and the types and dates of vaccines given.
To be part of MIIC in your area, you do not need to do anything. Chances are your clinic is already participating in MIIC. However, you can choose not to be part of MIIC by just telling your clinic or calling 800-657-3970 or 651-201-5503.MIIC web site.