posted on Aug, 20 2012 @ 06:31 AM
First off I'll explain my current situation:
I'm a 27 year old American citizen currently living and studying in Taiwan. I'm on a scholarship to study Mandarin for 1 year (already completed),
afterwards I will attend a Taiwan college to pursue my Masters degree. I'm currently in the process of changing my Visa status from "Language
Study" (since I finished with that part of the Scholarship) to "Pursing College Studies"; however, this requires a health check. So, today I went
to obtain the results of my health check. To my surprise, they said that I tested negative for my Measles Vaccine. On the other hand, everything else
from the MMR Vaccine tested positive (the Mumps and Rubella aspect of the MMR).
So, they said that I have 2 options: 1) either show/produce proof of having had the MMR Vaccine back in the US, which is mandatory to even attend
public school/college. Or 2), have the immunization once again, which will give me another dose of the entire MMR vaccine, and not just the Measles
aspect of the shot.
I am adamantly against having these vaccines injected into my body once again, so tonight I will spend the entire night trying to get verification
from either my Public School District, and/or the Dr.'s office that performed the same health check I just took here in Taiwan. I passed the health
check back in the US a year ago, because I had to otherwise TECO (Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office) would not have even issued me my visa. However,
when I look at the paperwork from my US health check, it looks like they only tested me for the Rubella aspect of the MMR, since nowhere on the
paperwork does it say anything about testing positive for Mumps or Measles.
I guess what I'm looking for in relation to creation of this thread is what is the ATS community's opinion about getting the MMR vaccine once
again??? I refused at the hospital, and told them that I would submit proof. But, I am extremely agitated at the possibility of having to subject my
self to this vaccine a second time.