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World Samoa recalls vaccine after baby deaths

03:07  10 july  2018
03:07  10 july  2018 Source:   msn.com

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Samoan health officials have recalled a vaccine as they investigate the deaths of two babies shortly after immunisation. The one-year-olds both died after being given a measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine at the district hospital in Savai'i last Friday, according to the country's government.

The Pacific nation issues a recall of the vaccine for mumps, measles and rubella following the deaths of two infants who were vaccinated with the same batch but in different communities.

Physician prepares a measles vaccine. © DANIEL MIHAILESCU/AFP/Getty Images Physician prepares a measles vaccine. Samoan health officials have recalled a vaccine as they investigate the deaths of two babies shortly after immunisation.

The one-year-olds both died after being given a measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine at the district hospital in Savai'i last Friday, according to the country's government.

The vaccines would be immediately recalled and the immunisation programme paused while the deaths were probed, Director General of Health Leausa Take Naseri told reporters.

Police are looking into the matter, and Dr Naseri said the nurses involved had been moved for their own safety.

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi, in a statement, called for a full inquiry.

"There are already processes that will determine if negligence is a factor," he said.

"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."

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