With the school year just around the corner, there is a more convenient way to get your child's immunization records filled out.
As long as your child’s vaccination records are up to date, your doctor can send them to a secure server and you can print them out from the school nurse’s office. It’s supposed to make your life less stressful.
Cari Rogers has a full-time job and a 4 year-old son, she doesn't have time to wait in lines.
"For me it's a little difficult because I have to work around my work schedule just to get to the doctor when they are open or when they are available just to get the record for the school," Rogers said.
Rogers is like many parents around this time of the year, trying to get immunization records filled out for their child before school.
"I have a very small time frame and as we know sitting at the doctor can take forever," Rogers said.
But now there’s an alternative. The state Department of Education and Department of Public Health streamlined the process. A phone call to your doctor’s office plus a trip to the school nurse’s office equals a printout showing verification.
Kelsey Mann likes the idea.
"I think anything to limit having to go to the health department, stand in long lines across town, being able to go somewhere like the school nurse, somewhere she is already going, that helps," Mann said.
The Department of Public Health tells me whether your child goes to a public or private school, the school nurse can print the forms for you. The goal is to keep these immunization records constantly up to date.
Michael Glenn works with the Department of Public Health and says this simplifies things for everyone.
"...Much quicker, much more simple, to go by the school nurse to get that taken care of instead of coming to the health department, standing in line to do those kinds of things," Glenn said.
And for Rogers, It helps make being a parent just a little less stressful.
"It's extremely important, we're going to have to be at the school anyway everyday and if I can just run in and grab what I need and do it quickly and run back out...It makes my life so much easier.
WAAY31 asked what the Department of Public Health is doing to make sure the system isn’t hacked and possibly exposing your child’s personal information.
We learned several outside agencies tried to hack the system and failed.
Users also need a login, password and I.D. verification before seeing any information.