Measles has been making headlines in many nations recently and now Samoa has gone into a lockdown, restricting travel and closing schools because of a massive measles outbreak. Only 31% of the population were vaccinated against measles when the virus came to the island and now there is a huge push to vaccinate. Nearby New Zealand is sending assistance. In just two weeks the death count has reached 53 people. This is an extreme case of a population under-prepared for a deadly outbreak. Fortunately the U.S. has better vaccination coverage at the moment, but we have seen an alarming number of people turning against vaccinations in recent years and small outbreaks in the United States. It is believed that this outbreak in Samoa is because of a rugby team from New Zealand who brought the disease. All it takes is one person. The United States needs to institute mandatory vaccinations, or at the very least better educate the population about the safety and necessity of vaccines.

https://www.physiciansweekly.com/samoa-in-christmas-lockdown/

Molly