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Immigrant Children Given Adult Doses Of Hepatitis A Vaccine

16 August 2015No Comments

drugsAbout 250 children at a Texas detention facility were given adult doses of a hepatitis A vaccine, where the prescribed amount for adults is twice the amount usually prescribed to children. It is unclear why the children have received double the amount of the vaccine they should have been prescribed. However, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) claims that none of the kids have been hospitalized or have had any side effects. The detention center, the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, holds about 2,000 women and children from Central America who had entered the U.S. through Mexico seeking refuge.

ICE claims that there will likely be little to no side effects of the vaccine, despite it being the incorrect amount. The officials say, if anything, it might cause a stronger immune response. ICE spokesman Richard Rocha stated, “Parents at the facility were advised and counseled by medical professionals about potential side effects, with services made available in multiple languages.”

However, immigration advocates believe this is yet another example of poor health care given to immigrants in detention facilities. Executive director of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Crystal Williams said, “Volunteer attorneys at Dilley, as well as those at similar detention centers in Karnes, TX, Berks, PA and the previous facility in Artesia, NM, have long noted disturbing patterns of what appears to be inadequate health care for the women and children. This latest permutation is beyond appalling — it is putting children at risk not just for short-term reactions but for unknown long-term risks.”

Importance of Age in Vaccination Dosage

Hepatitis A is a contagious liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus. The virus is contracted by contaminated food or water, or close contact with an infected person. The vaccine is recommended for all children at about age 1. Doses prescribed to babies are different than those prescribed to adults. It is important to take age into consideration when it comes to the vaccination doses because there is often a specific time period when it is best to give infants or young children vaccines. The World Health Organization recommends that rotavirus vacciness be given to children at age 6 to 15 weeks, and the maximum age for the last dose of the vaccine should be 32 weeks. There is some pliancy with the age restriction for the rotavirus vaccine, since many children in developing countries don’t have access to the vaccine that early in life, or specifically between 6 to 35 weeks. Though getting the vaccine outside of that 6- to 32-week time frame creates a higher risk of intussusception, one section of the intestine sliding into another , WHO health officials believe the risks smaller than the benefits of extending the age restriction.

Corpus Christi Medical Malpractice Attorney

In the case of the immigrant children receiving adult doses, while many side effects will likely not occur, it’s important to remember that these guidelines are in place for a reason. Medical Malpractice can occur when a medical care provider does not provide proper treatment, neglects something as far as treatment, or actually injures the patient. If you or a loved one has been harmed by a healthcare provider or their negligence, then you will need to contact an experienced attorney to ensure you receive compensation for what you have gone through.

The Bandas Law Firm has experience with medical malpractice cases of all types, and we can provide you the guidance to determine if you have a case, what you need to do to file, and how to get through the process. You may be able to recover compensation for such things as lost wages, medical expenses and bills, as well as pain and suffering.




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