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Yesterday, Samoa’s Parliament passed the “Law of Love”, a compulsory vaccination requirement for all school attendance.

The “Law of Love” is in response to the current measles outbreak in Samoa. In this law, the Samoan government has acted, establishing a system to prevent further outbreaks.

Due to the measles outbreak which has cost 72 lives already, the Samoan Prime Minister stated “Government will no longer be standing on the side lines.”

The new law requires vaccinations starting at birth and will require these vaccinations before the child will be allowed to enroll into school. Parents who refuse to uphold the law can be fined up to $10,000 per child.

Not only does the law require vaccinations, it also provides a penalty up to $10,000 for anyone who willfully or unwillingly provides false information on the vaccination record.

School principals will also be fined up to $10,000 per child for allowing unvaccinated children to be enrolled in their school.

The law passed through parliament without delay.

The United States would do well to adopt similar laws, removing religious exemptions, which more often than not aren’t related to religious beliefs. Many schools (especially private schools) are well below the recommended 95% vaccination rates needed to prevent the spread of Measles and other contagious diseases.

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