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187,000 Capiz kids for immunization

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ROXAS CITY—The Capiz government aims to have more than 187,000 children for vaccination against measles, rubella and polio.


A total of 187,037 aged 0 to below 5 years including the 9-month- to 5-year old children in Capiz will be immunized in all health centers and health stations this September.


According to Dr. Leah Del Rosario of the Provincial Health Office, of the total number of kids, some 86,037 9-month old to below 5-year-old children will be given free measles and rubella vaccines while the 101,000 children aged 0 to 5 years will be given oral polio vaccine.


The mass immunization campaign to be implemented nationwide from September 1–30 forms part of the government’s effort to eliminate measles and rubella among Filipinos and create a polio-free country.


Del Rosario said that the DOH conducted the same mass immunization campaign in 1998, 2004, 2007 and 2011, however, it was found out that measles is still prevalent in the country.


“The source and spread of measles infection in the country must be prevented through this massive nationwide immunization campaign,” she said.


The giving of oral polio vaccine will also be a protection for them against imported polio virus.


Del Rosario added that even if children have already completed their immunization or received the same from private health practitioners, they must be given the said vaccine during the immunization activity next month.


“Measles is a contagious illness; and patients could be at risk through infection,” Del Rosario said, adding that polio affects the nerves and could lead to paralysis and results in permanent disability. Del Rosario encouraged the parents and other stakeholders to cooperate and support this campaign.

(J.B. Guillermo)

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