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Winter 12-2011


This article has been peer reviewed. It is the authors' final version prior to publication in Primary Care-Clinics in Office Practice

Volume 38, Issue 4, December 2011, Pages 633-642.

The published version is available at DOI: 10.1016/j.pop.2011.07.004. Copyright © Elsevier Inc.


Foreign-born individuals account for over 12% of the U.S. population, according to the most recent census data. Since many vaccine-preventable outbreaks in the U.S. have been correlated with disease importation, Congress has mandated vaccinations for numerous immigrant populations. It is essential for primary care physicians to be knowledgeable on the unique immunization-related needs of foreign-born individuals, to recognize some of the cultural and linguistic challenges that immigrants have accessing healthcare, and remember to use each medical encounter as an opportunity to provide necessary vaccinations.