Masked children wait to get vaccinated at a health clinic in Samoa where a measles outbreak has infected nearly 4,700 people and killed more than 70, of whom more than 60 were children aged four years or younger. Photo: TVNZ via AP Masked children wait to get vaccinated at a health clinic in Samoa where a measles outbreak has infected nearly 4,700 people and killed more than 70, of whom more than 60 were children aged four years or younger. Photo: TVNZ via AP
Masked children wait to get vaccinated at a health clinic in Samoa where a measles outbreak has infected nearly 4,700 people and killed more than 70, of whom more than 60 were children aged four years or younger. Photo: TVNZ via AP
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Denying the efficacy of vaccines invites disaster

  • As the South Pacific nation of Samoa has found to its cost, prevention of infectious diseases such as measles is better than cure

Masked children wait to get vaccinated at a health clinic in Samoa where a measles outbreak has infected nearly 4,700 people and killed more than 70, of whom more than 60 were children aged four years or younger. Photo: TVNZ via AP Masked children wait to get vaccinated at a health clinic in Samoa where a measles outbreak has infected nearly 4,700 people and killed more than 70, of whom more than 60 were children aged four years or younger. Photo: TVNZ via AP
Masked children wait to get vaccinated at a health clinic in Samoa where a measles outbreak has infected nearly 4,700 people and killed more than 70, of whom more than 60 were children aged four years or younger. Photo: TVNZ via AP
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