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 (also not exactly the same as the practice in USA), 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.
Can I bring my vaccination record with me?
We may accept some of your vaccination documents if they are reliable for us. There is no approved medical institue we accept without questioning. The best is to bring your personel doctor's original records without making any change on them. Please do not bring produced documents which may be considered as fake.
We do not necessarily accept all kinds of vaccination records especially if we feel any abnormality (like suspicious handwriting, without original documents) in your records or, we can not use those written in arabic letters if not translated in to English. We require also the original documents attached to a translation.
Can I have my vaccines before I come?
Please do not have any live vaccine in the last 30 days before your medical appointment. It may cause problems in your test leading to a delay in your medical report!
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 Diease Control) determine the vaccine schedule that is required for US bound immigrants. The vaccine schedule basicly 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.
What do I do if I do not have a vaccination record?
If you do not have a vaccination card it is not a problem, we have all kinds of the vaccines in our medical center and we are able to apply them in our office if necessary, during the physical examination. Please consider that vaccination in this designed procedure is not exactly the same with the immunization practice being applied in any country (also not exactly the same as the practice in USA), due to the need for fullfilling the requirements in the technical instructions for "IMMIGRATION".
What vaccinations are required?
The following vaccinations are required for immigration purposes. Depending on your age, previous vaccination history and health status the vaccinations that are required for you will be determined by the doctor according to CDC's technical instructions and will be applied at our center. It is not possible to know which vaccinations you will need before you come to our office.
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Influenza type b (Hib)
- Tetanus and diphtheria toxoids