Stating that the Trump administration has denied influenza vaccines to detained immigrants, a group of doctors is calling on the Department of Homeland Security to accept an offer to the Ministry of Interior to make free flu shots.
In a letter dated 5 November, doctors accepted the application to review the decision not to vaccinate immigrants detained despite the deaths of at least three children in the CBP detention in the 2018 flu season.
Doctors, members of a newly formed group Camping Closure Doctors, D4CCSan Ysidro, California, has offered the government a free vaccine of the flu at its Customs and Border Protection processing and detention facility.
Mektup We ask that you allow our volunteer physicians to keep our desired flu vaccine clinic, ta the letter said.
Customs and Border Protection, part of Homeland Security, did not accept the offer. A spokesman who did not want to be named due to agency policy, told NBC News that the agency had never vaccinated and that people were often detained for too long.
"As a law enforcement agency and because of the short-term nature of the CBP holding and other logistical difficulties, it is not possible to carry out a vaccination program." Said.
Although the CBP's guidelines advise them not to keep people longer than 72 hours, the agency keeps people longer than they did last year and this year, even though the immigration applicants came.
In a letter to Kevin McAleenan, deputy director of the Department of Homeland Security and Alex Azar, Health and Human Services secretary, on November 5th, doctors said that 100 doses of flu vaccine and four volunteer physicians would deliver drugs. them. McAleenan resigned and Chad Wolf was named the new DHS acting secretary.
“These outbreaks start like this, ve said Luz Luz Arroyo, a member of the group who signed the letter. “It's not just immigrants. Workers will come to communities and potentially get out of control by spreading this virus. ”
“These are the people, Ar Arroyo added, mentioning the arrested families. Alar They are under government supervision, most of them do not commit crimes. Asylum is not a crime. ”
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The group set a deadline on Tuesday for management to respond before the request was made public.
Doctors warned that migrants are not the only people at risk of illness.
Doctors, "Flu season already started in many parts of the country, so we are writing as an emergency," he said. Birçok Many people, including those who work and live in CBP plants, will be at a higher risk than typical, ”he said.
The doctors spent money and raised more money than their friends and others to pay for the vaccine. Sacramento family medicine doctor and psychiatrist Arroyo, doctors spend time to provide the shootings, he said.
Doctors also said they have a voluntary network of volunteers who can work in all states to get the necessary vaccines and work with the CBP to oluştur create a system to ensure the majority of immigrant families tutulan held in custody.
They hope to help government funding pay the vaccine cost across the system. If not, they'il try to find another fund.
"Alarm mortality rate"
Doctors said that three deaths of detainees attributed to the complications of the flu were nine times higher than the expected mortality rate for children from the flu, based on about 200,000 children detained in federal detention over the past two years.
Üze In our professional medical opinion, this alarming mortality rate represents an emergency that threatens the safety of human life, especially children, Y the seven doctors signed.
In August, the CBP announced that immigrant families cannot be vaccinated in holding centers before the flu centers. At that time, the agency said that immigrants in “short-term alt detention had chosen not to be vaccinated because of their short-term vaccination periods.
However, Arroyo said the government had previously been vaccinated on a large scale and given large quantities of vaccines to prevent disease spread and prevent outbreaks. He said the cost was low and that detainees, staff and residents were lower than the cost of hospitals and ICUs when they became ill.
Chain link fence pens with CBP's cells and concrete floors and holding chambers are known to be very cold and are often referred to as lenses that turn into a freezer or ice box inside infants.
Health care providers protested longer detention periods for migrants, and warned that children would face more serious health risks with long term imprisonment.
Overcrowding conditions worsen risk
Doctors who offered to operate the flu vaccine clinic, DHS General Inspectorate detention facilities in overcrowding and unhealthy conditions, he said.
This report found that children in some CBP facilities could not access the shower areas, did not always have the opportunity to change clothes, and limited space for medical isolation. NBC News reported that a 35-person cell at the El Paso facilities only had a toilet and sink for 155 adult men.
An outbreak of influenza at the CBP McAllen facility affected about three dozen immigrants and required temporary suspension of operations.
The Centers for Disease Control recommend that all individuals over 6 months receive an influenza vaccine by the end of October for the current flu season. Even the Citizenship and Immigration Services policy handbook, part of the Homeland Security Division, draws attention to the CDC requirement for immigration flu vaccines.
Olarak As doctors, we have seen the effects of influenza infections in the strongest and most vulnerable, and the consequences can be devastating, Doktor he said.
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