Day 257

Not a bad view.


By day.


At night.


I have arrived in Samoa during a measles epidemic. Whilst I had the measles vaccination during my childhood, I decided to have the vaccination again whilst in Fiji so that I had a certificate of proof of vaccination to enter Samoa as it had been reported that some people arriving from New Zealand had been refused entrance to Samoa if they could not prove they had been vaccinated.

Both Tonga and Fiji I visited recently are also experiencing a measles epidemic at this time but as the immunisation rates in the countries are at 90 percent their outbreaks have been far milder and resulted in no deaths. The immunisation rate in Samoa was just 30 percent before the outbreak due to an anti-vaccine messaging campaign and this has sadly led to many deaths, most of which are children under four years of age.


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