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Doctors arrested at border facility for demanding migrants receive flu vaccines


Federal authorities arrested a group of doctors and other protesters outside U.S. Border Patrol’s San Diego Sector headquarters in Chula Vista as they attempted to pressure U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) into administering flu vaccines to detained migrant children. 

At least three children have died in immigration custody from complications caused by the flu since December 2018. They were aged 2, 6, and 16.

Activists, doctors, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have recommended that CBP should administer flu vaccines to migrants, CBP has so far rejected the idea.