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Chapter 9 Health Considerations For Newly Arrived Immigrants & Refugees

Migrant Health Resources

William M. Stauffer

Historically, the Yellow Book has addressed travel health issues for US residents visiting countries outside the United States. In this increasingly mobile world, the discipline of travel medicine is evolving to recognize nontraditional groups who cross international boundaries into and out of the United States. One such group includes people who originate in other countries and migrate to the United States, either temporarily or permanently. Recognized migrants to the United States include immigrants (documented and undocumented), refugees, asylum seekers, and international adoptees. In addition, students and corporate workers are frequent visitors to the United States. Many clinics serving the traditional travel population also function as contact points with the US medical system for these populations, particularly for immigrants and refugees. This section provides resources to assist clinicians and organizations that serve these populations to access up-to-date patient-care guidelines, online education materials, and print resources.


Organizational Guidelines

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: predeparture and postarrival presumptive treatment and medical screening guidelines for refugees relocating to the United States, available at
  • American Academy of Pediatrics: guidance on medical screening and vaccination issues in adoptees, refugees, and immigrants, available in the online Red Book at
  • Canadian Collaboration for Immigrant and Refugee Health: clinical preventive guidelines for primary care for newly arriving immigrants and refugees, available at


Reference Books

Textbooks with a Focus on Migrant Health
  • Immigrant Medicine. Walker PF, Barnett ED, editors. Philadelphia: Saunders Elsevier; 2007.
  • Migration Medicine and Health: Principles and Practice. Gushulak BD, MacPherson D, editors. Hamilton, ON: BC Decker; 2006.
  • Travel Medicine and Migrant Health. Lockie C, Walker E, Calvert L, Cossar J, Knill-Jones R, Raeside F, editors. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone; 2000.
  • Refugee and Immigrant Health. A Handbook for Health Professionals. Kemp C, Rasbridge LA, editors. New York: Cambridge University Press; 2004.
Textbooks with a Focus on Tropical Diseases
  • Atlas of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology. 6th ed. Peters W, Pasvol G, editors. Edinburgh: Mosby; 2007.
  • Mandell, Douglas, and Bennett’s Principles & Practice of Infectious Diseases. 7th ed. Mandell GL, Bennett JE, Dolin R, editors. Philadelphia: Churchill Livingstone; 2010.
  • Hunter’s Tropical Medicine and Emerging Infectious Diseases. 9th ed. Magill AJ, Ryan ET, Hill D, Solomon T, editors. Philadelphia: Saunders Elsevier; 2012.
  • Manson’s Tropical Diseases. 22nd ed. Cook GC, Zumla AI, editors. Edinburgh, UK: Saunders Ltd; 2008.
  • Tropical Infectious Diseases: Principles, Pathogens and Practice. 3rd ed. Guerrant RL, Walker DH, Weller PF, editors. Philadelphia: Churchill Livingstone; 2011.


Reading Lists

Educational Opportunities

Organization Websites with Migrant Information

Other Resources