Samoa pulls MMR vaccine after two babies die
“I have called a full inquiry into the circumstances leading up to this devastating incident which I do not take lightly,” he said.
“There are already processes that will determine if negligence is a factor. And if so, rest assured those processes will be implemented to the letter to ensure that such a tragedy will not be repeated and those responsible will be made to answer.”
Leausa Take Naseri, director general of health, said he has halted the vaccination program until the inquiry’s completion. He has also requested a forensic autopsy on the two babies, as the deaths are also being investigated by police.
“We’re also concerned for the safety of our workers especially the nurses who were involved because it’s now easily blamed — the finger is pointed towards the nurses,” Naseri said.
The MMR vaccine
Typically given in two doses in early childhood, the MMR vaccine protects against three diseases: measles, mumps, and rubella.
“Most children in the world receive this vaccine or similar vaccines to this,” Helen Petousis-Harris, a vaccinologist at the University of Auckland, told CNN. “We have safety data on the vaccine, we understand the effects really well. This type of case is exceedingly rare.”
Furthermore, she said, child mortality has gone down in many countries that use these vaccines.
“Every country has a vaccine program that has been demonstrated to be very safe,” she added. “At the moment we need to understand what’s happened so we can work out strategies to ensure it doesn’t happened again. There’s a lot we don’t know about (the deaths).”
News credit : Cnn