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Measles, MMR vaccine (file photo)
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — There is a high likelihood medical error was to blame for the deaths of two infants in Samoa following their MMR vaccinations, a vaccinologist and senior lecturer says. The one-year-olds died earlier this month, minutes after receiving the jab for measles, mumps and...
MMR vaccine bottles and needle
Apia, SAMOA — A vaccine expert in the Pacific region is urging Samoans to continue with immunisations for their children as they save lives. Earlier this month a pair of one-year old infants died shortly after being given the MMR vaccination at a hospital on Savaii. A post morten has been completed...
 Laulus' child
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — Two children who died after being immunised in Samoa are suspected to have had a rare life-threatening immunodeficiency disorder. Their parents decided to speak publicly after media reports on their deaths after being given the vaccine against measles, mumps, and rubella (...
Porita Taisia of Sapapalii, Savaii
Apia, SAMOA — Women have lost confidence in the Samoa public health system following the deaths of two toddlers in Savai’i last week. A mother and grandmother, Lipena Heremoni of Tulaele spoke to the Weekend Observer saying she has lost confidence in the services offered by the hospital.  “I have...
photo of a child being vaccinated
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Attorney General says efforts are being made to return the bodies of two babies who died suddenly last week to their families. The childrens' deaths soon after receiving the common MMR vaccine prompted the government to temporarily call off vaccination programmes. Lemalu...
child receiving a vaccination
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa has issued an immediate recall of the vaccine for mumps, measles and rubella (MMR) following the deaths of two infants who reportedly passed away just hours after receiving their shots. It’s reported by ABC Pacific Beat that the two children, boy and girl, were both aged about...