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Immigrants and Immunizations

posted on Tue, Feb 1 2011 12:00 am by Southeastern Region

A general counsel with a state department of health contacted the Network requesting information on whether federal law requires that immigrants entering the United States have specific immunizations. The Network researched the question and used information from the online legal database Westlaw and the Centers for Disease Control to develop a summary, which was also reviewed by a contact with the Centers for Disease Control. Two days after the customer’s inquiry, the Network informed her that, while there are no general requirements for specific immunizations for entry into the United States, federal law permits aliens to be screened for any communicable diseases upon entry to the United States. Individuals may be refused entry if they carry diseases deemed to be of significant risk to the general public health. In addition, certain vaccinations, such as Hepatitis A, Pertussis, Polio and Tetanus, may be required before an immigration visa will be issued.

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