The US won’t vaccinate migrant children against flu at border camps



Federal Government Refuses to Vaccinate Detained Families

The U.S. won’t vaccinate migrant families ahead of the flu season despite doctors calling on the federal government to do so after the flu killed three children at detention facilities in the past year. “In general, due to the short-term nature of CBP holding and the complexities of operating vaccination programs, neither CBP nor its medical contractors administer vaccinations to those in our custody,” a Customs and Border Protection spokeswoman said in an emailed statement. The U.S. death rate for children with the flu is about 1 in 600,000. Yet so far, three children have died out of the around 200,000 people held at detention facilities along the border. CNBC
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