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San Diego, Calif., "Fails to Meet Accepted National [Immunization] Standards"

May 29, 2013

On May 7, a San Diego grand jury filed a report arguing that the sheriff's department ignored the essential immunization guidelines of the county's public health department and of CDC. By doing so, the department put prisoners and the public at risk.

According to the report, the county's Detention Services Bureau (DSB) currently fails to screen inmates for HIV and hepatitis A, B, and C; does not administer tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap) boosters (DSB does provide vaccinations for tetanus/diphtheria but not for pertussis); does not screen or immunize pregnant inmates for hepatitis B or Tdap; and fails to screen or immunize women of child-bearing age for measles/mumps/rubella. The report stated, "DSB's current policy and practice fails to meet accepted national immunization standards, including those of the CDC and Federal Bureau of Prisons guidelines for inmates. DSB does not follow the most basic and widely accepted public health standards for women in developed counties."

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