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Hello everyone. I was hoping some of you would have knowledge about my vaccine questions. I am trying to think ahead and prepare for the medical by getting my vaccinations in order right now. I have a few questions regarding this process.

  • I saw on the civil surgeon worksheet mention that a syphilis serologic test was required for people aged 15 and older. Is this a test that I need to or can get done ahead of time? Will the doctor send me for this test on my medical appointment?
  • Is the Meningococcal vaccination needed for someone aged 30+? Do I get an age exemption or should I get the vaccination? I'd prefer not to get it if possible.
  • I have never had the Hepatitis A vaccinations and they are two doses 6 months apart apparently. If I don't have the second dose by the time of my interview is that ok? I believe I read somewhere that so long as you have had the first dose you are okay until you file for AOS?
  • My last question is about TB. In the past (about 8 years ago) I had a negative TB test (I needed it at the time before starting a medication). Do I need to redo this test again? If so do you know if someone who is immuno-suppressed (I am on medication that does not allow me to get live vaccines) can get the skin test or do they need to get a chest X-ray instead?

Thanks in advance for any help you can give :)

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They will take your blood for syphilis test only.

I am 30+, had chickenpox before, did not bring any vaccine record to the medical exam. I took 2 vaccine shots (MMR and ADACEL Tdap) and all the rest are all listed as not suitable for my age.

Hello everyone. I was hoping some of you would have knowledge about my vaccine questions. I am trying to think ahead and prepare for the medical by getting my vaccinations in order right now. I have a few questions regarding this process.

  • I saw on the civil surgeon worksheet mention that a syphilis serologic test was required for people aged 15 and older. Is this a test that I need to or can get done ahead of time? Will the doctor send me for this test on my medical appointment?
  • Is the Meningococcal vaccination needed for someone aged 30+? Do I get an age exemption or should I get the vaccination? I'd prefer not to get it if possible.
  • I have never had the Hepatitis A vaccinations and they are two doses 6 months apart apparently. If I don't have the second dose by the time of my interview is that ok? I believe I read somewhere that so long as you have had the first dose you are okay until you file for AOS?
  • My last question is about TB. In the past (about 8 years ago) I had a negative TB test (I needed it at the time before starting a medication). Do I need to redo this test again? If so do you know if someone who is immuno-suppressed (I am on medication that does not allow me to get live vaccines) can get the skin test or do they need to get a chest X-ray instead?

Thanks in advance for any help you can give :)

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I had my exam done, less than a month ago. Everything was fine.

Thats right, they do the syphilis test there.

I am still taking hepatitis shots, one more shot left. I also took Adacel too just to update my vaccine card.

or chickenpox, i didnt have in my records, so the doctor was holding my results till I bring proof of my immunization which i did the same. And got my exam back a couple of days later. thats good you are looking for all this before.

Good luck!


Cam & Ellie

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If you can get the vacs done ahead of ur physical, you are far better in doing that!!


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Meningicoccal is only for 18 year olds I believe. Everyone does an x ray to test for TB. The website panelphysicians.com has information on what vaccines are required for each age group.

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Thanks everyone for your replies! Very helpful so far! :) Glad I don't have to worry about the syphilis test till I get there -one less thing to prepare for. I'm glad I can skip the meningitis one. I'll ask my doctor about a TB chest x-ray (public health said I could get a skin test but I think with my immune system I'd rather just get an X-ray and not risk it). X-rays are probably more definitive anyway I imagine.


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They will do the xray at the medical. No need to do it in advance.


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I'm on my phone so I can't see your case details, but in Toronto a verbal declaration of having had chicken pox is all you need. They arrange the chest x-ray for you; it's done the same day.


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