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Angeles City continues to provide polio vaccine to kids

THE Angeles City Government, led by Mayor Carmelo Lazatin Jr., has resumed the second round of the house-to-house polio vaccination to Angeleño kids.

City health officials resumed providing polio vaccine to children aged 0-4 years old in Barangay Lourdes Sur, Barangay Balibago, Barangay Amsic, Barangay Anunas, Barangay Virgen Delos Remedios, Barangay Sto. Domingo, Barangay Cutud, Barangay Pulung Cacutud, Barangay Sapalibutad, Barangay Ninoy Aquino, and Barangay Salapungan.

According to Chief Adviser and Tactician IC Calaguas, the Sabayang Patak Kontra Polio (SPKP), an oral vaccination project in the 33 barangays of the city, targets 48,000 Angeleño kids.

Executive Assistant IV Reina Manuel recently coordinated with the representatives of World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) to ensure the readiness of the city in rolling out the SPKP.

According to WHO, "poliomyelitis (polio) is a highly infectious viral disease that largely affects children under 5 years of age. The virus is transmitted by person-to-person spread mainly through the faecal-oral route or, less frequently, by a common vehicle (e.g. contaminated water or food) and multiplies in the intestine, from where it can invade the nervous system and cause paralysis."

Meanwhile, according to DOH, "polio vaccine protects children by preparing their bodies to fight the poliovirus. Almost all children (99 children out of 100) who get all the recommended doses of the inactivated polio vaccine will be protected from polio."


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