Measles in Samoa – level 2

09-12-2019 07:00

In Samoa, there are 3,700 cases of measles. 53 people died already and most of them were children.

Officials declared a state of emergency and they closed most public places, including schools. State employees helped with vaccination, but it was a difficult task. In 2018, two children died after a measles vaccination and some people are scared of the vaccination now.

More than 25 percent of Samoa´s population got the vaccination already, but it is not enough. The World Health Organization says that 95 percent of a country´s population must get a vaccination to stop a disease.

Difficult words: measles (an infectious disease that is typical for children and causes fever and a rash), state of emergency (a situation when there is a danger or disaster and officials control the country), vaccination (the process when a person gets an injection which helps against a disease).

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