Eleven children under the age of 15 died this month (October) in the commune of Capunda, municipality of Luquembo, Malanje province, victims of measles, which has affected that district since the beginning of September this year.
Medical privacy laws don’t give parents the right to know whether another family vaccinates, says Arthur Caplan, a professor of bioethics at New York University. “You can ask, but parents have no legal obligation to share vaccination status with you,” he said in a phone call.
“I think you do need to be talking with other parents as a responsible parent,” he said, comparing the vaccination conversation to asking about guns in the home, or communicating with other parents about food allergies. It’s especially important, he said, when there are outbreaks, like the many cases of measles in New York (paywall), Texas, and the Pacific Northwest right now.
The information was advanced this Wednesday, by the director of the municipal health hospital, Correia Jorge, noting that 85 other children affected by the disease are receiving medical and drug assistance in the municipality of Capunda.
He said that despite the deaths, the measles outbreak is under control as health authorities are conducting vaccination campaigns near villages to block the disease in the region.