Public Health Announcement – 21 Nov 2019

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PUBLIC HEALTH ANNOUNCEMENT
For release: 21/11/2019

Samoa National Measles Immunization Campaign
In response to the current measles outbreak, the Government of Samoa will be undertaking a free National Measles Immunization Campaign, starting Wednesday 20 November 2019 until further notice.

Vaccination provides the best and safest protection against measles. Let’s protect Samoa and stop the spread of measles.

Under the national immunization campaign, all Samoans in the following age groups will be vaccinated, as they are most at risk of serious complications from measles.

– All boys and girls, aged 6 months to 19 years
– Women aged from 20 to 35 years, except if they are pregnant

These groups are prioritized as unvaccinated young children are at highest risk of measles and its complications, including death. To date, all babies and children who have tragically passed away have been unvaccinated.

Women aged 20 to 35 years, and who aren’t pregnant, are also prioritized for vaccination as they are most at risk of serious complications, including death, if they get measles whilst pregnant.

Individuals experiencing a high fever should not be vaccinated and referred to a doctor and return for vaccination once well.

Time and location of the vaccination clinics
Free measles vaccination will be available at the following locations and times:

Upolu Savai’i
Services operating 9am to 8pm Monday – Friday and 9am to 1pm Saturday:
● TTM Hospital
● Faleolo District Health Center
● Leulumoega District Health Center
● Lufilufi District Health Center
● Lalomanu District Health Center
● Poutasi District Health Center
● Saanapu District Health Center
● Youth Friendly Centre at Matagialalua

Apia based clinics (Special Booths) operating Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm and 9am to 1pm Saturday:
● Samoa Family Health Association
● Samoa Tourism Authority Fale
● Samoan Red Cross Services operating 9am to 8pm Monday – Friday and 9am to 1pm Saturday:
● MT2 Hospital
● Safotu District Health Center
● Sataua District Health Center
● Foailalo District Health Center
● Satupaitea District Health Center

Teams will also be going out to communities on certain dates for the FREE vaccinations. The community will be updated with further information about the dates and locations of the outreach immunization teams once confirmed.
About measles

Measles is a serious, very infectious disease caused by a virus. The virus spreads easily from person to person by breathing, coughing and sneezing.

Benefits of Vaccination
Vaccination provides the best and safest protection against measles. Encourage other members of your family in the target age groups (6 months – 19 years, and non-pregnant women 20 to 35) to get their vaccines.

For more information
For more information on these dates and locations, visit the Ministry of Health website at https://www.health.gov.ws/measles/ , MOH Facebook page, and Government Facebook page or call 997/911.