Pacific / Solomon Islands

Measles alert: Mass vaccination underway in Solomons

14:03 pm on 15 October 2019

A mass measles vaccination campaign is underway in Solomon Islands.

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The Health Ministry aims to vaccinate 90,000 children against the highly-infectious disease.

Vaccination posts will be set up in towns and villages around the country, with parents being encouraged to bring children aged between six months and five years for an injection, the Solomon Star reports.

Solomon Islands is highly vulnerable, with an outbreak in 2009 killing nine people and affecting more than 4,000 others, permanent Health Secretary Pauline MacNeil said.

The country's immunisation drive was especially important at the moment with outbreaks declared in other Pacific countries, including New Zealand.

Meanwhile, authorities in Samoa are investigating whether an infant's death was related to measles.