“I lost my childhood immunization records. Should I go ahead and get these vaccines that are recommended for my age, 58-years-old, before my interview or before my medical exams?”

The medical exam is required for most immigrant visas. If you don’t have evidence that you had required vaccinations, they’ll give them to you at the medical exam.

Medical examinations vary from country to country in terms of process. We recommend finding out who the panel physicians are for the country you’re applying to and contacting them. Typically, the U.S. Embassy will provide a list and contact information for the physicians they authorize to carry out the medical examinations. Ask the physician what the process would be for your circumstances and whether you have to take the shots before or at your appointment. Sometimes you can even do this by email, and usually, the physician, or their staff, are very helpful and informative about the requirements.

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