Samoa travel advice – measles epidemic

Samoa travel advice – measles epidemic

 

The Government of Samoa on the 15th of November 2019 declared a Proclamation of State of Emergency for 30 days for the measles epidemic.

 

In response to the Proclamation, its National Emergency Operation Centre was activated and has been working collaboratively with the Health officials to coordinate national response efforts.

In response, the following is recommended:

- ALL travellers to Samoa to ensure their vaccinations are up to date before travelling. If uncertain of your immunisation status, seek the advice of your healthcare providers before travelling;

- Visitors who are already in Samoa and uncertain of immunisation status, visit one of the vaccination clinics including the National Hospitals;

- ALL travellers who have recently returned from Samoa to report to healthcare providers immediately if experiencing any of these symptoms - high fever, runny nose, cough, red and watery eyes and a rash.

The Samoa Ministry of Health has mobilized a coordinated targeted campaign to protect the health of the community through a vaccination outreach program, with numerous vaccination clinics set up around the country in:

Upolu Island

- The Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital (TTMH) - Motootua

- Samoa Family Health Association - Motootua

- Wellness and Youth Friendly Service (Old Diabetic Clinic) - Eleele Fou

- Rural District Hospitals - Leulumoega, Poutasi, Lalomanu

- Mobile Service Unit at the Samoa Red Cross Compound - Tuanaimato

- Samoa Tourism Authority FALE - Eleele Fou

 

Savaii Island

- The Malietoa Tanumafili II Hospital (MTIIH) - Tuasivi

- Rural District Hospitals - Sataua, Safotu, Foailalo

 

The targeted priority age groups are all children, youth under 19 years and non-pregnant females of 20 to 35 years. For enquiries, contact the Samoa National Emergency Operations Centre on +997; Or Health Emergency Operations Centre on +685 66506.

Or contact +685 63500 or email sheena@samoa.travel | robert@samoa.travel hesed@samoa.travel.

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