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Why is it important to keep my medical records?

Your health information can be used in many situations including:

  •   Asking for a reasonable accommodation or adjustment to your work environment or schedule so that you can continue to work
  •   Filing a claim if you experience discrimination at work
  •   Completing applications for insurance policies
  •   Preparing your tax returns

You may need health care records, such as immunizations, when you enroll your children in school. You'll also need a history (with dates) of past illnesses and surgeries whenever you visit a new doctor. While some health information may be easy to remember, it's helpful to have a record of past and current medications, along with dosage, and any drugs you may not tolerate well.

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.