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 P. Duprey Jr studied medicine as a 2nd career medical student who went to medical school in his 40’s after honorable discharge and ‘retirement’ from 25 years in the US Military (USCG & US Army). He was a registered nurse (RN) with specialty training as a psychiatric RN in the US Army for 15 years. During this time he also became a Master’s level psychotherapist in 2002. While on US Army active duty he also became a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner while working full time in 2011. He served as a Psych NP on active duty, to include a combat tour in Iraq, until his ‘retirement’ in 2014 and moved to Philippines with his 3 children. At this time he started medical school overseas at Oceania University of Medicine based out of Samoa accredited by Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU). He continued to work as a Psych NP throughout medical school to support his children and to not have to take out loans for medical school tuition. Originally from Rhode Island, he completed medical school clerkship rotations throughout the USA with a graduation in May 2019 earning the esteemed credential of MD. He has successfully completed USMLE Steps 1, 2CS, and 2CK. He will take Step 3 this September as he applies for Psychiatry Residency. Having been and RN, NP and now MD, he is a believer of Physician led multidisciplinary healthcare teams 

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

  1. December 5, 2019 at 6:16 pm

    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.

  2. JRDO
    December 3, 2019 at 11:57 am

    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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