LACKLAND AFB-- KENS 5 has confirmed a case of H1N1 at Lackland AFB where 2000 undocumented children are being held.The case has been reported to Metro Health.
H1N1 is often referred to as Swine Flu. It's a respiratory disease caused by type A flu viruses. H1N1 is this year's main flu strain in America.
It caused a pandemic in 2009-2010. This year's flu vaccine contains the H1N1 strain.
Last week the State of Texas provided 2000 doses of flu vaccine to BCFS which is contracted by the federal government to help with the children in the border crisis.
A spokesperson with the CDC said when children are detained after crossing illegally into the U.S. they are given a well-child exam and all necessary childhood vaccinations to protect against communicable diseases.
Another spokesperson confirmed via email that in cases where children are ill they are typically held in an isolation unit and then transferred to a place where medical staff can properly care for the child.
Children also receive a thorough mental status exam. Children with trauma and distress are not held in temporary shelters.
The spokesperson wrote the children are provided access to health clinicians 24 hours a day and the Lackland site recently received a superior health inspection by the City of San Antonio.