Samoa, a South Pacific island nation, has seen more than 2,600 confirmed measles cases and hundreds of new cases of measles each day,media BGR reported. The current measles outbreak has killed 33 people in the country, most of them children.
When the disease begins to spread to an isolated island nation, the consequences can be brutal. Samoa’s current population is about 200,000, and many of them are scrambling to get vaccinated. However, previous anti-vaccination trends may best explain how the outbreak occurred.
Vaccination rates in Samoa have been low in recent years. The government says the deaths of two babies in 2018 may have been a factor in low measles vaccination rates. The children reportedly died shortly after being vaccinated against measles.
Standard measles vaccines are safe and can be minimal even in rare cases where children experience side effects. Examples of deaths due to vaccination are clearly rare, which is enough to allow the country to suspend its vaccination programme.
However, further investigations have shown that vaccines do not actually play a role in tragic deaths, and that another drug that is not used properly is the real cause. Until the truth comes out, parents are resistant or hesitant to vaccinate their children, and many choose not to vaccinate. Of the 33 people currently killed by measles outbreaks, 29 are children.
Samoa declared a state of emergency earlier this month and UNICEF has provided more than 100,000 doses of measles vaccine to Samoa. The local government is trying to respond to the outbreak as soon as possible and call edified people to get vaccinated as soon as possible