Parents urged to get their kids vaccinated vs. measles

MANILA Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista on Friday urged parents to bring their children, aged six months to five years old, to the nearest health center and have them vaccinated against measles.

Measles vaccine is safe and free in all health centers and public hospitals, Bautista said in an interview with reporters after meeting with city health officials.

The Department of Health declared a measles outbreak in Metro Manila last Wednesday.

The Quezon City Health Department (QCHD) has mobilized its community health workers to actively look for fever cases among children to make sure that they will be referred to health centers and given appropriate intervention to avoid serious implications.

Meanwhile, City Health Officer Dr. Verdades Linga said the City Health Department has already taken steps to arrest the increase in measles cases even before the declaration of an outbreak.

We received reports of increasing measles cases as early as the second week of January. That's why we immediately activated our Outbreak Response Immunization plan wherein immunization teams were sent out to administer vaccines to children aged six months to five years old, Linga said.

From Jan. 1 to 26, a total of 108 cases of measles with eight deaths were reported to the QCHD. The most affected age group was 1 to 4 years old.

As of February 1, the QCHD vaccinated a total of 965 children.

The QCHD is also tracing active defaulters or children who have missed their scheduled measles immunization.

Linga called on parents of children who are showing symptoms of flu and fever to immediately bring their children to the nearest health center.

Bukas ang lahat ng health centers, magpunta lang sila (All health centers are open. They only need to go there.) If there are symptoms of measles, dalhin sa pinakamalapit na health center (bring them to the nearest health center), she said. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency

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