Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals

Home-Based Records

UNICEF/Olivier Asselin

Home-based vaccination records play an important role in documenting immunization services received by individuals. However, current evidence suggests that these tools are too often underutilized, vary in complexity across – and sometimes within – countries, and lack standardization in content.

In response to a recognized need for more guidance on the content and design of home-based records, WHO has developed a practical guide to:

  • provide direction to immunization programme managers and national health programmes on how to improve the use and design of home-based records, and
  • serve as a reference with developing or revising home-based records

Practical Guide for the Design, Use and Promotion of Home-Based Records in Immunization

Publication details


Number of pages: 50
Publication date: June 2015
Languages: English, French (pending)
WHO/IVB/15.05
ISBN: 978 92 4 150895 7



















The Home-based Vaccination Record Repository

UNICEF/Christine Nesbitt

An online repository for home-based vaccination records, including national immunization or child health cards, is maintained by UNICEF to support the free and open exchange of information related to home-based record content and design, with the aim of improving child health outcomes.

Home-based Vaccination Card Prevalence