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Hey there!

I had my medical examination in September of this year and did not get a flu shot as it was not required (not flu season) however, I am about to send my AOS package and am unsure if I need to get the flu shot.

It says here: http://www.visajourney.com/content/k1k3aos

I-693, Medical Examination of Aliens Seeking Adjustment of Status.I-693, Medical Examination of Aliens Seeking Adjustment of Status. If you are a K-1, K-2, K-3 or K-4 visa holder the I-693 instructions state that you are not required to have another medical examination as long as your Form I-485 is filed within one year of your overseas medical examination. If you are missing any shots from your overseas medical a I-693 vaccination transcription is required to be completed by seeing a Civil Surgeon to have certain portions of the I-693 completed and have the Civil Surgeon certify the form (sealing the original in an envelope and giving you a copy).

BUT I have read on another post somewhere that the flu shot was not needed, they are more concerned about the other ones...

Does anyone know for sure? Thanks!

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The flu shot is not required. Your doctor will have reviewed all your vaccination history, issued what you needed to make up any gaps, and then signed that you are all good. USCIS do not really check what's in your medical, just that you have had it done by an approved doctor and that it is current (no more than 1 year old).

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Hey there!

I had my medical examination in September of this year and did not get a flu shot as it was not required (not flu season) however, I am about to send my AOS package and am unsure if I need to get the flu shot.

It says here: http://www.visajourney.com/content/k1k3aos

I-693, Medical Examination of Aliens Seeking Adjustment of Status.I-693, Medical Examination of Aliens Seeking Adjustment of Status. If you are a K-1, K-2, K-3 or K-4 visa holder the I-693 instructions state that you are not required to have another medical examination as long as your Form I-485 is filed within one year of your overseas medical examination. If you are missing any shots from your overseas medical a I-693 vaccination transcription is required to be completed by seeing a Civil Surgeon to have certain portions of the I-693 completed and have the Civil Surgeon certify the form (sealing the original in an envelope and giving you a copy).

BUT I have read on another post somewhere that the flu shot was not needed, they are more concerned about the other ones...

Does anyone know for sure? Thanks!

The Doctor should have given you one during the medical exam. From my understanding, if you are applying during Flu Season which begins in October, then you will need FLU Shot. I could be wrong, but this is what I understood. My fiance in Singapore was given Flu Shut during the exam that took place on 28th of September.

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The Doctor should have given you one during the medical exam. From my understanding, if you are applying during Flu Season which begins in October, then you will need FLU Shot. I could be wrong, but this is what I understood. My fiance in Singapore was given Flu Shut during the exam that took place on 28th of September.

There are no seasonal requirements, the list is the same all year round and can be found here. No seasonal flu shot appears on the list, only hib (which is not the same as a "flu shot").

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There are no seasonal requirements, the list is the same all year round and can be found here. No seasonal flu shot appears on the list, only hib (which is not the same as a "flu shot").

https://www.uscis.gov/news/questions-and-answers/vaccination-requirements

the last one is 'Any other vaccine-preventable diseases recommended by the Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices' at the moment they recommend the flu shot: https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/rr/rr6505a1.htm

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https://www.uscis.gov/news/questions-and-answers/vaccination-requirements

the last one is 'Any other vaccine-preventable diseases recommended by the Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices' at the moment they recommend the flu shot: https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/rr/rr6505a1.htm

I do not think it is required though (unless the applicant is less than 12 months old or over 50 years old, in which case it falls under "age appropriate"), certainly wasn't when I did my medical in October. Much of this is up to the doctor as opposed to USCIS....

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I do not think it is required though, certainly wasn't when I did my medical in October. Much of this is up to the doctor as opposed to USCIS....

stateside it's considered required during flu season. I'm unsure if that begins in October or not. oftentimes on vj it doesn't tend to be an issue until one is AOSing.

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The date that counts is when you had your overseas medical done... if that was in flu season (Oct-March) then flu shot is required.. if not then it is not, even if you file AOS during flu season

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The date that counts is when you had your overseas medical done... if that was in flu season (Oct-March) then flu shot is required.. if not then it is not, even if you file AOS during flu season

I agree with this.

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My German fiancé (now husband) had his K1 medical prior to our K1 Interview and that was in October 2016 - during USA's "flu season". They had a list of vaccines, some I have never heard of. (not sure why "varicela" - chickenpox - was even on there - I have never had that vaccine nor have I had chickenpox yet, but he has not either, but he has had chickenpox before, so why would they make him get a vaccine for something he can never get again/??). Anyway, he and I are not "anti vaccine" just against unnecessary vaccines. So we requested a titer blood test (I work with wild animals and have to be current on rabies vaccines, so every 2 years I have to do a rabies titer check to make sure I can still work with wild animals safely) from the Immigration Exam doctor, and they did that, and the blood results showed his titers were very high and therefore he did not need ANY vaccines. So even though we did this in October, "flu season", he was not required to get the flu shot. We are going through AOS processes now, and my own Dr is thankfully an Immigration Dr, and he does NOT force the flu shot propaganda. So, chances are that my husband won't have to deal with that. 

 

But our Immigration lawyer said that as long as the medical exam from the K1 was given within a year then it would be ok for the AOS...just bring those records to the AOS medical exam.

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8 minutes ago, Tierpolizistin said:

My German fiancé (now husband) had his K1 medical prior to our K1 Interview and that was in October 2016 - during USA's "flu season". They had a list of vaccines, some I have never heard of. (not sure why "varicela" - chickenpox - was even on there - I have never had that vaccine nor have I had chickenpox yet, but he has not either, but he has had chickenpox before, so why would they make him get a vaccine for something he can never get again/??). Anyway, he and I are not "anti vaccine" just against unnecessary vaccines. So we requested a titer blood test (I work with wild animals and have to be current on rabies vaccines, so every 2 years I have to do a rabies titer check to make sure I can still work with wild animals safely) from the Immigration Exam doctor, and they did that, and the blood results showed his titers were very high and therefore he did not need ANY vaccines. So even though we did this in October, "flu season", he was not required to get the flu shot. We are going through AOS processes now, and my own Dr is thankfully an Immigration Dr, and he does NOT force the flu shot propaganda. So, chances are that my husband won't have to deal with that. 

 

But our Immigration lawyer said that as long as the medical exam from the K1 was given within a year then it would be ok for the AOS...just bring those records to the AOS medical exam.

If he has ample evidence from blood work that he doesn't need the flu shot I'm sure that will be fine. Most ppl don't opt to do the blood test though. They just refill what they need, in which case the US require the flu shot during that season. Unsure what you mean about propaganda? 

 

edit: I didn't need varicella since i remember having chickenpox.

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53 minutes ago, Suss&Camm said:

If he has ample evidence from blood work that he doesn't need the flu shot I'm sure that will be fine. Most ppl don't opt to do the blood test though. They just refill what they need, in which case the US require the flu shot during that season. Unsure what you mean about propaganda? 

 

edit: I didn't need varicella since i remember having chickenpox.

The US has a "propaganda" on the flu shot...they push it on everyone, even local pharmacies like "Walgreens". I work in law enforcement, and the government tried to force me to get the flu shot, but I refused. I have never had a flu shot, nor have I ever had the flu. And every year those around me that do get the flu shot, they end up out sick from work for a week from the flu, and even though I am exposed to them, I never get it. Like I said, I am not anti-vaccine, but for myself (and my German husband feels the same) we just don't want unnecessary vaccines. But I was happy when my husband's blood titers came back and he was exempt from all vaccines. And the Immigration lawyer said since his exam for K1 was within the last few months, when we do the AoS medical exam, he just has to bring the bloodwork and x-rays with him and that will be fine. 

 

But  I think someone posted in here that I saw, that USCIS doesn't even pay attention to the specifics, they just look to see the immigration Dr info and that he signed and cleared the AoS applicant. :)

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If you had your examination during the period when it is 'out of season', then you received a waiver for 'not in season'. This will be reflected upon your DS3025 - a photocopy of which you should be sending with your AOS application. You do not require a flu shot. You were given a waiver.

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