Report: CBP rejects CDC’ recommendation migrants in detention get flu vaccinations

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Migrants wait to be processed and loaded onto a bus by U.S. Border Patrol agents after being detained when they crossed into the United States from Mexico on June 01, 2019 in El Paso, Texas. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

(CNN) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection rejected the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation of giving migrants in detention flu vaccinations, according to the Washington Post.

The Post reported that it all came to light in a letter released to Congress.

The letter was reportedly a response to questions Connecticut Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro posed about how many migrants in U.S. custody got the flu over last year.

A spokesperson for CBP tells the Washington Post her agency has never provided immunizations for detained migrants and has no plans to do so.

In the report, DeLauro said CBP’s continuing refusal to provide flu vaccines was “unconscionable”.

Last week, a group of physicians volunteered to vaccinate migrants against the flu for free.

A CBP official tells CNN, “we haven’t responded, but it’s not likely to happen.”

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