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Migrant Children Need Their Flu Shots

Viruses spread fast in detention centers — yet officials say vaccination is too difficult.

Too many children have died.

Too many children have died.

Photographer: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Every child older than six months should get a flu vaccine. That’s according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The American Academy of Pediatrics agrees. The science is clear: Vaccination against flu saves children’s lives.

Meanwhile, in the past year three migrant children have died of illnesses related to influenza in U.S. government custody. With flu season here, will the government follow its own recommendations and vaccinate the children in its care? Earlier this year a group of public-health experts asked that question in a letter to lawmakers. U.S. Customs and Border Protection gave its answer: No.