Nationwide immunization drive starts in Sept.

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Friday, August 15, 2014


THE Department of Health (DOH) will launch next month an immunization drive to combat diseases like German measles and polio, a DOH official said.

Dr. Renilyn Reyes of the DOH-Western Visayas said the diseases have started reemerging in the Philippines, particularly in Western Visayas provinces like Iloilo, Capiz, Aklan, Antique, and in Negros Occidental.

The campaign is slated to launch on September 1, 2014 in Iloilo City. The mass immunization drive will be led by City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog together with religious leaders, local chief executives, parents, and health workers.

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The campaign will immunize 11 million children against German measles and 13 million kids against polio all over the country.

Reyes said measles vaccines will be given to the children aged 9 months to 5 years old below, while polio vaccines will be given to children aged 0 to 5 years old below.

Reyes said if German measles and polio are left untreated it can lead to Vitamin A deficiency, encephalitis, blindness, pneumonia, and diarrhea. However, these diseases can be prevented through vaccination.

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