United States Immigration Law requires immigrant visa applicants to obtain certain vaccinations (listed below) prior to the issuance of an immigrant visa. Instructions and procedural guides direct panel physicians who conduct immigrant visa medical examinations to verify that applicants have met the vaccination requirement, or that it is medically inappropriate for the visa applicant to receive one or more of the listed vaccinations.
Please consider that vaccination in IMMIGRATION PROCEDURE IS NOT EXACTLY THE SAME WITH THE IMMUNIZATION PRACTICE COMMONLY BEING APPLIED IN ANY COUNTRY, DUE TO THE NEED FOR FULFILLING THE REQUIREMENTS OF “IMMIGRATION” to USA. This is considered as an “OPPORTUNITY” which should not be missed in PREVENTION OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES by immunization against diseases of public health importance in USA.
Where can I get My Vaccination Card?
You must go to your Regional Health Directorate to obtain your vaccination card. We will check your vaccination card and we will guide you where to administer any missing vaccine(s).
Why do I have to get multiple doses of the same vaccine?
Many vaccines require multiple doses for maximum effectiveness, either to produce sufficient initial immune response or to boost response that fades over time. CDC (Centers for Disease Control) determines the vaccine schedule that is required for US bound immigrants. The vaccine schedule basically describes at what age the vaccine should be given and on which intervals it should be repeated. The panel physician is obliged to follow this schedule. This is the reason you may get re-vaccinated during your visit even though you had the same vaccination before.