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Posted: Jun 25, 2014 3:11 PM

Updated: Jun 30, 2014 3:04 PM

SAN ANTONIO - Texas is sending 2,000 flu vaccines to Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.

That's where hundreds of immigrants and unaccompanied children are being held after illegally crossing the border.

CHANNEL 5's Joe Augustine says a child at the base was recently diagnosed with H1N1.

We confirmed the H1N1 case with the Department of Health and Human Services earlier today.

A spokesman in Washington D.C. says a child was recently hospitalized and diagnosed while being held at Lackland Air Force Base.

The child is being monitored and responding to treatment.

The Department of Health and Human Services released a statement to CHANNEL 5 NEW today.

"While this is an isolated case, we are continuing proactive measures to protect public health and closely monitoring all the children at Lackland ..."

We know the department is using an independent contractor to care for those children.

The contractor, BCFS Health and Human Services based in San Antonio, recently requested 2,000 flu vaccines from the Texas Department of Health.

Topics: flu, lackland, air force, base, san antonio

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