CBP says no flu vaccine to migrants

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LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials says they will not be giving flu vaccines to migrants.

A spokesperson for the agency says due to the short-term nature of CBP holding and the complexities of operating vaccination programs, neither CBP nor it’s medical contractors, will administer vaccinations to those
in custody.

Local 23 spoke with an official from the Border Health Conference in Laredo who shared his thoughts on the issue.

Dr. Luis Benavidez, President – Border Health Conference, “I think that if we want to protect people we have to take care of them once they are here. We’re not here to discuss who can and can’t be here, but once they are here, we need to take care of them just like we would take care of anyone else. Influenza injections being an important part of that.”

Dr. Benavidez says although there are some shortages of the vaccine, he feels efforts should be concentrated on protecting the most vulnerable like children who have a higher mortality rate from flu related illnesses.

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