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No More HPV Vaccine For Green Card

Posted by admin On November - 28 - 2009  Print  Email  

Female applicants seeking legal permanent residence in the United States of America will no longer require the HPV or Human Papillomavirus vaccine in the immigrant medical examination. It includes those examined overseas and those already in the United States of America who want to adjust their visa status to become a legal permanent resident. It will, however, be required if there is a health need. Also struck from the list is the Zoster vaccine which protects against Shingles.

The change, which becomes effective on December 14, 2009, was made by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and is included in the updated immunisation requirements for green card on its website.

The immunization, which was required to be taken by females between the ages of 11 and 26, at least the first dose, before becoming legal permanent residents, is said to protect against some strains of the virus that can cause genital warts, cervical cancer and various cancers of the vulva and vagina. The vaccine, administered in three shots, cost between $125 a dose and $400 for the series. It was added to the list of required vaccinations for immigrants in July 2008. Back in 2006, the Food and Drug Administration had approved the injection Gardasil for protection against HPV, and the CDC recommended it for the women within the required age bracket.Immigrate

But some women’s rights advocacy groups protested the decision indicating that is was biased, requiring only immigrants to take the vaccine and not some U.S. citizens.

Under the CDC’s new guidelines regarding vaccines and immigrants, it states the vaccine must be based on age and must protect against a disease with the potential to cause an outbreak, was eradicated in the U.S. or is in such a process.

There are 40 different types of HPV that can cause infection in the genital areas of men and women. Genital HPV is a common virus passed on by genital contact or sex. And according to the CDC, most sexually active people will get HPV at sometime in their lives, most however, will never know it.

Apart from the HPV and the Zoster vaccines that were removed from the list of vaccinations for immigrants’ medical examinations, all other vaccine requirements remain the same. They are: mumps, measles, rubella, tetanus and diphtheria, pertussis, haemophilus influenzaa type B (Hib), hepatitis A, hepatitis B, rotavirus, meningococcal disease, varicella and pneumococcal disease.

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Hi. My name is Susan Gosine-Herrera. I live in Queens, New York. This news blog is my way of highlighting all the interesting things, people and events I come across in this part of New York. If you have an interesting immigrant story or know of one or of an interesting immigrant, I will be happy to feature that story in these pages. Just send an email and I will be in touch. Meanwhile, live like a tourist, enjoy all you can, before you move on.

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