Refugee Health

Advice for Refugees and Asylees

If you are having a medical emergency, call 911. If you have health problems that are not an emergency, do not call 911. Make an appointment with your doctor or ask your resettlement caseworker for advice.

Comprehensive Health Screening

  • Refugees
    • All refugees can receive a full medical exam and vaccinations within the first 60 days of arrival. Please ask your case manager to schedule your appointment. When you visit your primary care doctor after you screening, ask them to request the screening records so that your medical records are complete.
  • Asylees
    • All asylees can receive a full medical exam and vaccinations within the first 60 days of being granted asylum. However, you will need to wait until you have proof of asylum documents before you can use these services, which will arrive in the mail after your asylum hearing. It is important to schedule your screening as soon as possible after receiving your proof of asylum so that you can take advantage of these services. When you visit your primary care doctor after you screening, ask them to request the screening records so that your medical records are complete.
  • Asylees and Refugees
    • Be aware that for adjustment of status (to receive a green card), you will need to prove that you have had all of the required vaccinations. The health screening is a good opportunity to take care of that requirement.