Parents told: Vaccinate kids

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

THE Department of Health (DOH) is urging parents to support the government's measles rubella and polio mass vaccination campaign to stop the spread of these diseases.

Dr. Paulyn Ubial, assistant secretary of health, said Tuesday that the parents themselves should get involved and have their children vaccinated.

"If there's no person that has measles rubella, we can stop the spread of the disease," Ubial said in a press conference in Bacolod City on Tuesday.


Measles rubella is transmitted through droplets infection like coughing and direct contact.

"If there's no vaccination, the disease will spread fast," she said.

The DOH is holding a mass immunization for the whole month of September because of the continued cases of measles in the country. The agency holds the mass immunization every three to five years. The first mass immunization was conducted in 1998. It was followed in 2004, 2007, and 2011.

This year, the DOH has a target of 11 million children for measles rubella and 13 million for oral polio vaccine.

In Western Visayas, the DOH has a total target of 862,970 children from 0 to five-years old to be vaccinated.

Ubial said the DOH allotted a total budget of P200 million to stop the spread of measles rubella in the country.

In 1976, before the DOH started the immunization for measles, there were 24,000 deaths of children in the country due to measles.

During the first day of mass immunization in Bacolod City on Monday, about 330 children were vaccinated, while in Negros Occidental, at least 4,361 children were immunized.

In 2013, Bacolod City recorded three cases of measles while there were 22 cases in Negros Occidental. No deaths were recorded.

Ubial said the DOH, together with the health officers in different regions, will ensure that all children will be vaccinated as their goal is to achieve at least 95 percent of the target age group. (MAP)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on September 03, 2014.

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