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International adoption

The CDC strongly recommends a pre-travel visit for prospective adoptive parents. The number of internationally adopted children and their countries of birth are in constant flux.1

Parents as well as their families at home are at risk for infectious diseases because of travel or contact with the adopted children who may be under-immunized and have often had less than ideal medical care.

Many highly contagious diseases such as measles and chicken pox are still common in adopted children’s countries of origin.

1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Yellow Book.