Diseases and Vaccines Included

Make-shift shelters serve as homes for refugees in Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya

Make-shift shelters serve as homes for refugees in Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya

Communicable Diseases of Public Health Significance

These currently include:

  1. Gonorrhea
  2. Hansen’s disease (Leprosy)
  3. Syphilis
  4. Tuberculosis

And the following two disease categories–

  • Quarantinable, communicable diseases designated by Presidential Executive Orders. Current diseases include cholera, diphtheria, infectious tuberculosis, plague, smallpox, yellow fever, viral hemorrhagic fevers (such as Ebola, Lassa, and Marburg), severe acute respiratory syndromes (COVID-19, Middle East respiratory syndrome, SARS), and influenza caused by novel or re-emergent influenza (pandemic flu).
  • Events that are reportable as a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC) to the World Health Organization (WHO) under the International Health Regulations (IHR) of 2005 (currently COVID-19, polio, smallpox, SARS, pandemic influenza, and other public health emergencies of international concern.)
Women waiting on a bench at Al-Arafa clinic. Child appears in front of the shot

Women waiting on a bench at Al-Arafa clinic

Vaccine-Preventable Diseases

These currently include:

  1. COVID-19
  2. Diphtheria
  3. Haemophilus influenzae Type B
  4. Hepatitis A
  5. Hepatitis B
  6. Influenza
  7. Measles
  8. Meningocococcal disease
  9. Mumps
  10. Pertussis
  11. Pneumococcal pneumonia
  12. Polio
  13. Rotavirus
  14. Rubella
  15.  Tetanus
  16. Varicella

Other vaccinations against vaccine-preventable diseases recommended by the Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices currently include rotavirus, hepatitis A, meningococcal disease, varicella, pneumococcal pneumonia, and influenza. Note that each set of Technical Instructions for medical examination of applicants has an addendum regarding the vaccination requirements for immigrants.