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Thursday, October 21, 2004
  Flu shots for prisoners
Felons of the Missouri prison system are much more likely to receive a flu shot than any other American that might be at high risk.
According to an Associated Press article by Connie Farrow, the Missouri prison systems medical services contractor, Correctional Medical Services, received 8780 of the 9460 doses it requested. That’s around 93% of the requested amount. Why does the prison system get 93% when the rest of the country only gets around 50% coverage.
My question is, why are the scum of this country being treated better than the rest of us? They say in the article that this will prevent an outbreak of flu in the prison system. Just how concerned should I be about an outbreak in the prison system? I think I'm more concerned about an outbreak in the school system!
 
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Andy, I agree with you that, on its face, the disparity in availability of flu shots (and even medical care) of inmates seems a little off base. In the instance of flu shots, since about ten percent of a prison population will be released into the community, I think its probably prudent. Besides, in an enclosed environment, if a flu epidemic ran through the prison system, it would be a terribly costly and burdensome thing on the prinson system.

The answer is not making it less available to prisoners, but MORE available to the general population...

Nice piece...

Claire
 
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