A group of licensed physicians with flu vaccine gathered outside a detention center in San Ysidro on Monday to protest the Trump administration’s decision not to vaccinate detained migrants.
The protest by Doctors for Camp Closure and other groups was sparked by the flu-related death in May of 16-year-old Carlos Gregorio Hernandez Vasquez, who was in custody in south Texas
“You can’t lock people up in inhumane conditions, watch them get sick, and then refuse them access to medical care,” said doctor Marie DeLuca. “Flu deaths are preventable and large scale vaccination is not unprecedented. Our government has undertaken similar efforts in the past and has the resources to do so now.”
The doctors earlier proposed a free pilot flu clinic for detained migrants, but that proposal has been ignored by the Trump administration.
Flu infections are said to be responsible for at least three child deaths in U.S. immigration custody during the 2018 flu season.
The 2019 season begins this month and will continue into May.