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Opinion: We Are Risking Health And Life


Added 08-24-19 09:07:02am EST - “The government wants to withhold flu shots from migrants in detention centers even though doctors advise vaccinations for all detainees promptly upon arrival.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “Opinion: We Are Risking Health And Life”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A sign for Flu Shots at a CVS Pharmacy in Boston. Rick Friedman/Corbis via Getty Images hide caption

It's flu shot season. Signs alerting and urging you to get a flu shot now may be up at your pharmacy or workplace. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone over 6 months old get a flu shot by the end of October, so the vaccine can begin to work before the influenza season begins.

But this week, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said it would not give flu shots to the thousands of migrants now in its detention centers.

"Due to the short-term nature of CBP holding and the complexities of operating vaccination programs," the agency said in a statement, "neither CBP nor its medical contractors administer vaccinations to those in our custody."

Dr. Bruce Y. Lee of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health called the department's edict, "short-term thinking."

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