Last week we got our confirmation letter of de-enrollment from the Utah Statewide Immunization Information System (USIIS).
Ths USIIS is basically a huge database storing all the immunization records for Utah's children. Schools, doctors, and health plans can access it for information. The idea behind it is to prevent children from being over-vaccinated (because that's costly) and so that schools can have easy access to know if a student's vaccinated.
Earlier this year, I emailed the USIIS. I wanted to know if I could access Margaret's records. The response I got back was this:
"At this time the only way for an individual to obtain their immunization record or their children's immunization records from USIIS is to submit a paper form request."
Hmm. It didn't seem right to me that any doctor/school/etc in the state with access to the USIIS can go online, put in a password and see my child's records. I, however, as a parent must "submit a paper form request." Disparities? Yes. It shouldn't be more difficult for a parent to access their child's information than a random doctor who happens to have access.
So we removed her from the system. They were kind enough to let me know that my name is on a list of people who've removed their kids from the system. It's comforting to know that if they decided to get McCarthyist about parents who don't want the government accessing their child's information, I'd be on the list. :)