Samoa Declares Emergency Over Measles Outbreak After Unvaccinated Children Die

Associated Press: Samoa shuts schools, declares emergency as measles kills 6
“Samoa has closed all its schools, banned children from public gatherings, and mandated that everybody get vaccinated after declaring an emergency due to a measles outbreak that has so far killed six people…” (Perry, 11/18).

Reuters: Samoa declares state of emergency as measles spreads across Pacific
“…As of the weekend, vaccination ‘for members of the public who have not yet received a vaccination injection, is now a mandatory legal requirement,’ the government said in a statement. Only about two-thirds of the population has been immunized, according to the health ministry…” (Kelly, 11/16).

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