Our Turn: The border crisis and the importance of vaccinations

Recently NHPHA President Marcella Bobinsky and NH Medical Society President Tessa LaFortune-Greenberg published an opinion piece in The Concord Monitor on the importance of vaccinations at our borders. The following is an excerpt; you can read the entire piece here.

"With the recent unprecedented influx of migrant children and families at the southern U.S. border comes unprecedented challenges. A major challenge is the prevention of infectious diseases both among those seeking refuge and among those caring for them.

From Sept. 1, 2018, to Aug. 22, 2019, 898 confirmed or probable cases of mumps in adult migrants were reported from 57 detention facilities in the United States, and an additional 33 cases occurred among staff members. While approximately 150 mumps outbreaks and 16,000 cases have been reported in the United States since 2015, most often in close-contact settings, this is the first report of mumps outbreaks in detention facilities.

The prevention and control of outbreaks of infectious diseases among detained migrants is of utmost importance with the 2019-20 influenza (flu) season about to begin. Every year outside of detention facilities in the United States, millions of children get sick with flu, and thousands of children are hospitalized, and some children die from flu."

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