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I realise that this may be a question that none of you can help me with, but I thought I'd give it a try as the information I've found on here so far has been immensely helpful.

I've booked my medical at Knightsbridge, and I'm currently in the process of getting my vaccinations up to date before my appointment. I spoke to a nurse at my GP surgery and I've ascertained what vaccinations I'll require.

So far as I understand, all I'll need to get is my Flu shot and the TDap. I asked about the MMR which I last had in 2004, but the nurse advised me that she wasn't keen to give me another shot of this as you're apparently only supposed to have two of these in your lifetime, and for some reason on my medical records it's showing that I have had four shots; one in '87, again in '90, '94 and lastly in '04.

Does anyone have any experience of this? Or can anyone advise if this two MMR shots within your lifetime is a UK specific thing? I'd like to get all my vaccinations up to date before going to my medical, so wondered if anyone can offer any insight?

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Hi there,

I can't answer your question directly but I can point you in the right direction to look it up. We went through this as well and come to find out the Mexico vaccination schedule is different from the U.S. vaccination schedule. Once here and we prepared our AOS package my (now) wife and kids had to get a couple shots to become current with the U.S. vaccination schedule.

Go here and look up the adult schedule and compare to what you have and you'll see what you're in line with or not:


Hope this helps :)


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You can have more than two MMR vaccines but the UK don't usually do it. But they will if you are requesting it and paying for it.

Also they will tell you if you have had two tetanus jabs that they will last for life. Be sure that you're tetanus is within 10 years. USA say they only last 10 years and then you must have another shot.

Experienced this dilemma at my medical in knightsbridge a few weeks ago and wish I had found out before.

If you require any vaccines when at your medical... get them done there! Otherwise you will have to have them written up again by a US civil surgeon for you AOS

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Thanks guys :)

Looking at the vaccination schedule, it looks like I'd be okay. I was 18 when I had my last MMR shot. I'd rather not get it if I don't have to, but if I do then so be it.

I definitely want to get all my shots up to date before going to my medical appointment, and hopefully avoid paying an arm and a leg for them. I'm entitled to a free flu shot through my work, and my gp surgery has a supply of the TDap (tetanus, diptheria & pertussis) that they'll give me free of charge. So if I can avoid paying anything and don't need the MMR, then that'd be awesome.

Thanks all for your input :)

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