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A 34-year-old member asked:

How can i get child immunization medical records from a doctor who's retired?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Depends on situation: Many state require a physician to keep records for at least 7yrs after the patients last visit & their 21st birthday, whichever is later.Then they are destroyed. At retirement, many drs arrange for another dr to retain custody of their charts. You can call a local medical society & find out. Some states have a computerized verification system & you can access records thru a school.
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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Ask: Usually the retired doctor passes the records to another physician.Also if your child is school aged, the school should have this record.
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Last updated Nov 3, 2012

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