TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2016

Vaccinations available for Rwandan refugees

Vaccinations start for Rwandan refugees coming to US | Courtesy of henryschein.com
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) recently started vaccination campaigns for refugees who are bound for the United States.

The vaccinations, which are being given in Kigali, Rwanda, will occur over the next three days. They are part of the IOM's medical health assessment process that is included in the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program.

There will be several vaccinations for each of the refugees, as determined by the recipient's age. The vaccinations include hepatitis B, measles, mumps, rubella, haemophilus influenzae type b, tetanus, diphtheria, and whopping cough. The health workers will administer up to eight vaccinations for all of the refugees, which must be completed before the Rwandan refugees come to the U.S.

The purpose is to give the refugees cost-effective public health interventions. This will also serve to boost the health of the refugees and  decrease how many vaccines they will need inside the U.S.

Plans for overseas vaccinations are also being carried out in Ethiopia, Kenya, Malaysia, Nepal, Thailand, and Uganda. Exactly 56 percent of the refugees coming to the U.S. every year will receive these vaccinations.

In addition, IOM will also travel to Gihembe to give recipients boosters for vaccines that have already been administered.

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