|Cecille Marie Gumban |||Jul 07, 2015 10:44 AM EDT|
(Photo : Getty Images/ John Moore) According to U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials, 250 immigrant children at Texas detention facility were given an adult dose of hepatitis A vaccine while they were being held by their mothers.
According to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials, 250 immigrant children at Texas detention facility were given an adult dose of hepatitis A vaccine while they were being held by their mothers.
ICE officials added that the vaccines being administered to children have no adverse effects since most if not all of them have not been hospitalized.
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ICE spokesman Richard Rocha said that the health care professionals will monitor the children for any side effects in the next five days, though they are not expecting any adverse reactions, Fox News reports.
Rocha added, "Parents at the facility were advised and counseled by medical professional about potential side effects with services made available in multiple languages."
What made them worry is that the children most likely received double dosage of vaccines than what pediatric patients should have. Because of this, health care professionals might prolong the time they allot in monitoring the children to see if there are any complications that will occur in the future.
The controversial incident that happened at the South Texas Detention facility in Dilley is now being investigated by the ICE and the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Health Affairs while figuring out how to control such mistakes in the future, Bench Mark Reporter has learned.
The facility in Dilley is one of the three detention centers that hold immigrant mothers and kids who managed to enter the country illegally. The Democratic members of Congress and immigrant rights activists have since called out to Homeland Security to have the centers shut down, claiming that the centers provide substandard service and that they are not at all condusive for children, according to Los Angeles Times.
Hepatitis A is a liver infection cause by the Hepatitis A virus or HAV. This infection is usually transmitted by fecal-oral route, and it's either through person to person contact or ingesting even a tiny amount of contaminated food or water.
Hepatitis A is highly contagious, and it can spread if one is not being careful with the food or water he or she takes. This may infect liver cells and may cause inflammation; the inflammation can then impair proper liver function, according to Mayo Clinic.
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