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Immunization schedules for U.S.-bound refugees administered by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Aug 2014 prepared by Immigrant, Refugee and Migrant Health Branch, Division of Global Migration and Quarantine, CDC
  • Published Date:
    Aug 2014
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  • Description:
    This table describes the immunization schedule for US-bound refugees, and includes vaccines given as part of the new CDC-PRM expanded immunization program in Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Thailand, Malaysia and Nepal (shaded boxes). As part of this program:

    • Refugees will receive up to 2-4 doses of a vaccine series based on time before departure. IOM will take previous vaccine history into account if reliable and available and document this on the DS 3025 form.

    • First doses of all vaccines are given at the overseas medical screening exam, approximately 3-6 months before departure for most refugees.

    • Most second doses of vaccine are given 2 months after the first dose.

    • Refugees who undergo repeated medical examinations overseas may receive additional doses of vaccine.

    • No routine live virus vaccines will be administered by IOM within 4 weeks prior to departure except in special outbreak settings. CDC will provide additional notification in these situations.

    • New Technical Instructions for Polio Vaccination apply to refugees. More information is available at http://www.cdc.gov/immigrantrefugeehealth/exams/ti/panel/technical-instructions-polio-vaccination-applicants-us-immigration.html.


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