Anti-Vaxxers Take Heed: CDC to Send Experts to Samoa as Death Toll from Measles Outbreak Grows to 32

Interesting article as Samoa is my medical school home country. It brings up many points about vaccines in general. There is such a pronounced anti-vaxxer push especially here in the USA, and what is happening in Samoa is a prime example of the consequences of not having a vaccinated population. Unnecessary deaths. How’s that anti-vaxxer rhetoric working out for people? Tell that to the 32 families in a population of 200,000 whose child just died.  The total number sick including the deaths is over 2400. That’s an attack rate of 1.2% where it could be 0. “Samoa has some of the lowest vaccination rates in the world, with only 31% of infants receiving the measles vaccine in 2018, according to the World Health Organization.” I think parents around the world need to take heed as according to U.S. Food and Drug Administration, just two doses of the MMR vaccine are 97% effective in preventing measles.



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Robert Duprey MD

Robert is a 2nd career physician (MD); a combat Veteran with the US Army; a former psychiatric nurse practitioner; an independent researcher; a medical writer; and now having passed USMLE Steps 1, 2CK, 2CS, and 3, is a residency applicant.

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5 Responses

  1. Jane Orient says:

    Vaccines are not magic. They are medical interventions with risks as well as benefits. B is not always >>R. People who seem to believe that, even when B and R are not known, are quick to accuse people who believe in individually assessing the use of each vaccine in each patient of belief in imps and demons.

    If logic and facts were on your side, it wouldn’t be necessary to resort to name-calling and insults.

    Yes, measles has complications, including death. So do vaccines.

    If the children in Samoa were not malnourished, they’d be much less likely to die from measles or other causes.

  2. Steve O' says:

    There is enlightenment, and there is magick. One may pursue whichever path one wishes. My father did not die of measles as a child; he merely suffered lenticular opacification, and underwent lens dissection on the kitchen table under local anaesthesia by the local physician. He was not a well-nourished child, but a Texas farm boy during the Dust Bowl. His mistake.
    In the Dark Ages of today, we no longer believe in imps and demons prowling around the corners of the world seeking the ruination of men; nevertheless, we believe in Servants of the True Enemy, whether Democrats or Muslims or Uyghurs or Hindi. We live in the New Salem, fearing the touch of the Enemy that is out to get us.
    Since we have chosen delusional thinking, we pretend that the entity is sapient and human-like. Nature is the Original Intent of everything, so letting nature take its course is the righteous way in all things. This is as true for handwashing as it is for vaccination. Rather than bow to the enemy, we shall refuse to take any action to disrupt the natural order of things.
    Those with biochemical infirmities are doomed to thing in such delusional ways. They live in a black hole of aggregative fantasy from which there is no escape. Why do so many of us crave to imitate their prison?

  3. Jane Orient says:

    The mortality in well-nourished children is about zero; in malnourished children very high.

    But I don’t get the logic: Some children died somewhere; therefore, we should cancel the need for informed consent and allow the increasingly powerful and unaccountable government to force virtually everybody to take a vaccine in a country where the risk of getting measles is about 3 in a million, and the death toll from measles is zero but deaths likely from the vaccine are >100.

    • Steve O' says:

      Indeed, and it calls into question the authority “increasingly powerful and unaccountable government” to speak in our behalf, taking action under the claim of “we the people” condensed into twelve citizens too stupid to get out of jury duty? How can laws – not civil laws, but criminal laws – claim any justification of “due process?” One person allegedly acts against another, in an event not seen by me or any of the jurors, and one person claims the event occurred (excepting murder); the other person claims it did not? Why does that change how I butter my bread, why am I compelled to get involved or pay for such charades? He says, she says? So what?

  4. JRDO says:

    There are some who believe government has no role in healthcare.
    Vaccination is a good example of the importance of government public health policy.
    Anti-vaccers do broad harm to society, not just themselves.

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