THE Department of Health (DOH) 7 urged parents in Cebu to have their children vaccinated against measles following the outbreak in Negros Oriental earlier this month.
Dr. Jaime Bernadas, DOH 7 director, said that while there are no measles cases monitored in Cebu, he encouraged parents to have their children vaccinated against measles, mumps and rubella to build up “herd immunity.”
Last week, the Provincial Government of Negros Oriental declared an outbreak after eight areas, one city and seven towns, reported high cases of measles.
Around 21 people were recorded to have measles, nine of whom were already laboratory-confirmed. Majority of those were adults.
Following the declaration of an outbreak, Bernadas said that DOH 7 conducted a massive house-to-house vaccination in that province.
He said that children ages six months to five years will be vaccinated twice in order to build an immunity against measles.
Those who were vaccinated once will be given a booster dose.
Bernadas said that while measles is not fatal, children can still die from it due to complications such as bronchopneumonia. (JKV)
Published in the SunStar Cebu newspaper on March 15, 2018.
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