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DOH 6: Immunization can prevent childhood diseases

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ROXAS CITY — Health officials recently called on the public and other stakeholders to join hands for all children to be fully immunized against common childhood illnesses and diseases.


In the grand launch of the vaccine mass immunization campaign in Capiz, Dr. Sofia Pulmones of the Department of Health Regional Office 6 stressed that common childhood illnesses such as measles, rubella and polio can be prevented through immunization.


She said that vaccines for such immunization are available and free in all health stations and health centers for the target children.


Pulmones said that like measles, children infected of the measles virus are at risk of complications which could put their lives in danger.


“The under five-year old children are the most vulnerable age group for said childhood illnesses, the reason why they are the target for mass immunization by the DOH,” she said.


While immunization is free and available, Dr. Leah Del Rosario of the Provincial Health Office here cited the lack of appreciation by parents and other caregivers on the importance of immunization, lack of time or prioritization to bring their children to the health facility as well as some cultural or religious belief are only among the reasons why there are still “missed children.”


Del Rosario explained that missed children are those who have not received the immunization either through a routine or special immunization activity.


To ensure that the target children are given immunization in this campaign, the PHO is doing a rapid coverage assessment every after an immunization activity is done in a purok or barangay and is done every day, she added.

 

Further, PHO Information Officer Antonio Ynigo Rafael Altavas said that as of September 2, a total of 9,230 or 10.7% of the target children were given measles and rubella vaccine, while 10,291 children or 10.2% of the target population were given oral polio vaccine.


Altavas revealed that the population target for measles and rubella immunization in Capiz reached 86,037 nine month old to below five years old children while the 101,000 children age zero to five years old are the target population for the oral polio vaccine.

 

(J.B. Guillermo)

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