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Overdose of Hepatitis A Vaccine Given to 250 Immigrant Kids Detained In Texas



Overdose! 250 Immigrant Children Given an Adult Dose of Hepatitis A Vaccine

Jul 5, 2015


Image credit: Sun Herald

The United States Immigration and Custom Enforcement Officials report that a Texan immigration detention facility gave 250 immigrant children an adult dose of Hepatitis A vaccine.

Fortunately, none of those who received the vaccine has been sent to the hospital or had any adverse effects.

“Parents at the facility were advised and counseled by medical professionals about potential side effects, with services made available in multiple languages,” Richard Rocha, ICE spokesman said Saturday that health professionals are due to monitor the children for the next five days.

“I’m guessing there will not be significant effects. If anything, you may get a higher immune response,” said Dr. Peter Hojez from the National School of Tropical Medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

Hepatitis A is a condition in the liver cause by Hepatitis A virus. It causes inflammation and usually passed through food and drinks which most likely handled by infected people.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that the vaccine is safe although, as it is in every pharmaceutical product, there are a few side effects reported.

The authorities from the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Health Affairs together with the ICE are already investigating why and how the mishap happened, Rocha said

Earlier this week, the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas homed about 2,000 women and kids from Central America. The families went illegally through the Mexican border to seek asylum in the US. There are other asylum facilities in Karnes City, situated about 60 miles southeast of San Antonio and a much smaller facility in Pennsylvania.

Meanwhile, immigration rights group, the American Immigration Lawyers as well as the Democrats from the congress are all seeking to have the facility closed, based on what it seems to be that their volunteers “have long noted disturbing patterns of what appears to be inadequate health care.”

“This latest permutation is beyond appalling,” said Crystal Williams from the American Immigration Lawyers in a statement.

ICE refuted this claim, saying that they take “very seriously the health, safety and welfare of those in our care.”

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