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Hi everyone,

 

This has been a long journey for my wife and I (we applied back in 2006) and I wish I’d come across this forum before now, as it’s given me so much information these last few days. We are emigrating on an F4 visa and are in the process of finishing submitting our pre-processing documents online before we have our medical and interview in London.

I’m sure other questions will follow, but regarding vaccinations for the medical... we got some done at our GP surgery this week - MMR, Hepatitis A (which I now realise isn’t necessary. Thanks, forums! 😊) and Diphtheria, Polio and Tetanus. From reading other threads, am I right in thinking these are all we need? We’ve both had Chickenpox, so that should be the Varicella taken care of. It’s not flu season. And we’ll be having our second MMR in a month or so. Am I right in thinking that only leaves the Pertussis, which I’ve read on here they may let slide?

 

Thirteen years is a long time to wait for something, and we are so excited that it may finally be happening!

 

Any advice from anyone who’s gone through the vaccinations before is massively appreciated.

 

All the best,

 

JonoB

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4 minutes ago, JonoB said:

Hi everyone,

 

This has been a long journey for my wife and I (we applied back in 2006) and I wish I’d come across this forum before now, as it’s given me so much information these last few days. We are emigrating on an F4 visa and are in the process of finishing submitting our pre-processing documents online before we have our medical and interview in London.

I’m sure other questions will follow, but regarding vaccinations for the medical... we got some done at our GP surgery this week - MMR, Hepatitis A (which I now realise isn’t necessary. Thanks, forums! 😊) and Diphtheria, Polio and Tetanus. From reading other threads, am I right in thinking these are all we need? We’ve both had Chickenpox, so that should be the Varicella taken care of. It’s not flu season. And we’ll be having our second MMR in a month or so. Am I right in thinking that only leaves the Pertussis, which I’ve read on here they may let slide?

 

Thirteen years is a long time to wait for something, and we are so excited that it may finally be happening!

 

Any advice from anyone who’s gone through the vaccinations before is massively appreciated.

 

All the best,

 

JonoB

Just wait for the medical and the Civil Surgeon will determine which shots are needed.  Typically it is just 3 for adults, unless it is flu season in the US.


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If you are between 19 to 49 years old, these are ALL the vaccinations required by USCIS: 

-Td or Tdap 

-MMR

-Varicella

-Influenza (during flu season only; Oct. 1 thru Mar. 31)

 

Source: https://www.uscis.gov/policy-manual/volume-8-part-b-chapter-9

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Are you sure you haven't had the pertussis vaccine? It would have been in the the diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP/DTwP, DTaP and Tdap) vaccine given at 2,3 and 4 months old. Diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), tuberculosis and polio were all provided to children by 1956. https://peopleshistorynhs.org/encyclopaedia/childhood-vaccination-and-the-nhs/ 

 

You don't need varicella as you're from the UK.

 

After the second shot of MMR you'll be ready to be signed off at the medical. 

 

Congratulations! That's a long immigration timeline. 

 

 

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33 minutes ago, JonoB said:

Hi everyone,

 

This has been a long journey for my wife and I (we applied back in 2006) and I wish I’d come across this forum before now, as it’s given me so much information these last few days. We are emigrating on an F4 visa and are in the process of finishing submitting our pre-processing documents online before we have our medical and interview in London.

I’m sure other questions will follow, but regarding vaccinations for the medical... we got some done at our GP surgery this week - MMR, Hepatitis A (which I now realise isn’t necessary. Thanks, forums! 😊) and Diphtheria, Polio and Tetanus. From reading other threads, am I right in thinking these are all we need? We’ve both had Chickenpox, so that should be the Varicella taken care of. It’s not flu season. And we’ll be having our second MMR in a month or so. Am I right in thinking that only leaves the Pertussis, which I’ve read on here they may let slide?

 

Thirteen years is a long time to wait for something, and we are so excited that it may finally be happening!

 

Any advice from anyone who’s gone through the vaccinations before is massively appreciated.

 

All the best,

 

JonoB

The clinic in London will let the Pertussis slide because they don't carry the vaccine. They just kind of pretend you had it. Anything you need will be given to you that day (for a fee) but it sounds like you have taken care of everything plus a little extra. 

Chicken pox waives Varicella as does "not routinely available" since the UK doesn't immunize for it. You have two ways out of that one. (K1s reading this, "not routinely available" doesn't count for you,)

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Posted (edited)
25 minutes ago, JonoB said:

I should add that I am 51 years old and my wife is 47.

USCIS Policy Manual specifies same vaccination requirements for both age groups: 19-49 yo and 50-59 yo.

Edited by Allaboutwaiting

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8 hours ago, fip & jim said:

Are you sure you haven't had the pertussis vaccine? It would have been in the the diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP/DTwP, DTaP and Tdap) vaccine given at 2,3 and 4 months old. Diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), tuberculosis and polio were all provided to children by 1956. https://peopleshistorynhs.org/encyclopaedia/childhood-vaccination-and-the-nhs/ 

 

You don't need varicella as you're from the UK.

 

After the second shot of MMR you'll be ready to be signed off at the medical. 

 

Congratulations! That's a long immigration timeline. 

 

 

As you say, I probably had the pertussis vaccine as a child, but my NHS records only go back to 1996.

 

Thanks for all your replies, guys!

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A couple of other things...

 

Where is the medical held? I keep seeing references to ‘Knightsbridge’ in threads. Is this Knightsbridge Doctors in Basil Street, Knightsbridge? I’ve also seen Bentinck Street in Marylebone mentioned, which when I google it comes back as Visa Medicals, whose website also mentions Knightsbridge Doctors? Confused!

 

And is a Summary Care Record good enough, or do they need my GP records which includes previous illnesses and test results etc.

 

Again, many thanks!

 

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27 minutes ago, JonoB said:

A couple of other things...

 

Where is the medical held? I keep seeing references to ‘Knightsbridge’ in threads. Is this Knightsbridge Doctors in Basil Street, Knightsbridge? I’ve also seen Bentinck Street in Marylebone mentioned, which when I google it comes back as Visa Medicals, whose website also mentions Knightsbridge Doctors? Confused!

 

And is a Summary Care Record good enough, or do they need my GP records which includes previous illnesses and test results etc.

 

Again, many thanks!

 

🙂

The confirmation email mentions that there are two locations where the visa medicals are held (Knightsbridge and Bentinck Street) and that it states in the email you receive after booking the appointment exactly where you need to go. 

 

They are only interested in your medical summary which lists vaccinations, allergies, ongoing illnesses and anything serious. My GP also printed out 3 sides of A4 with my full medical history (featured detailed results from past blood tests, swabs and smear tests) but I didn't need it for the appointment. 

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48 minutes ago, JonoB said:

Where is the medical held? I keep seeing references to ‘Knightsbridge’ in threads. Is this Knightsbridge Doctors in Basil Street, Knightsbridge? Ive also seen Bentinck Street in Marylebone mentioned, which when I google it comes back as Visa Medicals, whose website also mentions Knightsbridge Doctors? Confused!

 

Here's the website for your medical http://www.visamedicals.co.uk/us.htm

They quit calling themselves Knightsbridge Doctors on the website and dropped information about the Basil Street location maybe a year ago.  But they have been called "Knightsbridge" on the forums for so long, it has stuck. 

 

The "new" Knightsbridge Doctors website is here https://www.knightsbridge-doctors.com/ and they don't do USA immigration medicals. I was actually wondering if there was some kind of split into separate practices called Visa Medicals (who kept the original website design) and Knightsbridge Doctors (who kept the name). No wonder you are confused. 

 

 

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