The Department of Health (DOH) made another appeal to parents to have their children vaccinated against measles and polio starting Monday, October 26.
DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III said that they are hoping that parents will visit their respective local health centers to participate in the government’s Measles, Rubella, and Oral Polio Vaccine Supplemental Immunization Activity (MR-OPV SIA).
“The DOH is encouraging mothers and caregivers to bring their infants and children 5 years and below to the nearest Health Center, Barangay Health Stations, or in designated temporary vaccination posts in their locality starting this coming Monday,” said Duque.
“[This is] to prevent a measles outbreak in the coming months, and to end the currently ongoing poliovirus transmission and re-circulation in the country,” he added.
The campaign will be in two phases. Infants and children aged nine to 59 months will be given Measles-Rubella vaccine, while the Oral Polio vaccine will be provided for those aged zero to 59 months.
The Phase 1 of the campaign will be conducted from October 26 to November 25 in Mindanao Regions, Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley Region, MIMAROPA Region, and Bicol Region.
Meanwhile, Phase 2 will be conducted in February 2021 in Visayas Regions, National Capital Region, Central Luzon, and Calabarzon.
“Tanging pagbabakuna lamang ang maaaring magbigay proteksyon sa ating mga anak laban sa mga nakakahawang sakit na ito. Ang mga bakuna sa polio, tigdas at rubella ay ligtas at epektibo – ginagamit na natin ang mga ito sa loob ng apatnapung taon [Only vaccination can protect our children against these infectious diseases. These vaccines against polio, measles, and rubella are safe and effective – we have been using these for forty years already],” said Duque.
“We hope our immunization drives will be welcomed by a well-informed public to save more children from preventable disability and death,” he added.