Signs warning and forcing people to get a flu shot now may be up at local pharmacy or workplace. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone over six months old get a flu shot by the end of October, so the vaccine can start to work before the influenza season begins.
However, this week, U.S. Customs and Border Protection stated it would not give flu vaccine shots to the migrants now in its detention centers.
Because of the short-term nature of CBP holding and the complexities of operating vaccination programs, the agency said in an announcement, neither CBP nor its medical contractors administer vaccinations to migrants and those in their custody.
Holding several unvaccinated people in a crowded space could be like sustaining an amusement park for flu viruses. He explains that infections could spread via the congested, often cold, and unsanitary detention camps, and get handed between these people who’ve been detained weak, drained and dusty as well as those who work there.
Viruses spread. They can’t be “detained,” like people.
While a particular flu season two years ago, the CDC expected about 80,000 people, including 600 children, died throughout the U.S. after being contaminated by influenza. Last season’s flu set data for its long-lasting 21 weeks.
On Aug. 1, a group of six physicians from Johns Hopkins and the MassGeneral Hospital for Children wrote a letter to members of Congress in which they mentioned at least three children contaminated with influenza have died in U.S. custody since December of 2018.
The children have been 2, 8, and 16. They were named Wilmer, Felipe, and Carlos.
The doctors suggested Congress, “During the influenza season, vaccination ought to be offered to all detainees promptly upon arrival to maximize safety for the youngest and most vulnerable detainees.”