Immigrant and Refugee Health: A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Perspective on Protecting the Health and Health Security of Individuals and Communities During Planned Migrations

Tarissa Mitchell, Michelle Weinberg, Drew L Posey, Martin Cetron
Pediatric Clinics of North America 2019, 66 (3): 549-560
Migration and forced displacement are at record levels in today's geopolitical environment; ensuring the health of migrating populations and the health security of asylum and receiving countries is critically important. Overseas screening, treatment, and vaccination during planned migration to the United States represents one successful model. These strategies have improved tuberculosis detection and treatment, reducing rates in the United States; decreased transmission and importation of vaccine-preventable diseases; prevented morbidity and mortality from parasitic diseases among refugees; and saved health costs. We describe the work of CDC's Division of Global Migration and Quarantine and partners in developing and implementing these strategies.


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