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Bulacan begins vaccination campaigns against measles and polio

The Department of Health (DOH) began an immunization campaign on Monday in cooperation with the provincial government of Bulacan to safeguard children from vaccine-preventable illnesses.

The measles, rubella, tetanus, and diphtheria (MR-TD) community-based vaccination campaign for the young population will be administered through December of this year.

The move is part of a nationwide immunization campaign aimed at increasing vaccine coverage among the demographic categories targeted.

It would give free, safe, and effective vaccinations to children aged 6-7 and 12-13 years old to avoid MR-TD illness outbreaks with the assistance of local government units (LGUs) that will assist and mobilize immunization in each barangay.

In a video message played at the launch, Governor Daniel R. Fernando encouraged parents and guardians to bring their children for vaccination, which is especially important given the province’s ongoing battle with the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) virus.

He cautioned his people that refusing to vaccinate their children might result in an epidemic of vaccine-preventable illnesses.

“Ayon po sa mga pag-aaral ng mga epidemiologist, sa darating na taong 2022 o 2023 ay posibleng magkakaroon ng measles outbreak sa ating bansa dahil nangyayari itong tuwing tatlong taon ay posibleng magkakaroon ng measles outbreak .” Ang huling measles epidemic ng bansa ay taong ay taong ay taong ay taong ay taong ay ta Huwag po nating hayaan na mangyari ito na magkaroon ng panibagong epidemic sa ating lalawigan, mga kababayan ko. (According to epidemiologists’ research, a measles epidemic in the nation is possible in 2022 or 2023, since it occurs every three years.) The country’s most recent measles epidemic occurred in 2019. Let us not allow another epidemic in our province, my provincemates. I’m urging guardians and parents to have their children immunize their children),” Fernando added.

Aside from that, the governor said that babies and toddlers under the age of 24 months get standard vaccinations on a regular basis.

The Department of Health previously issued Department Memorandum No. 2021-0383, titled “Guidelines in the Conduct of 2021 Community-Based Rubella-Tetanus-Diphtheria Immunization During the Covid-19 Pandemic,” to assist LGUs and health workers in providing proper immunization services while the Covid-19 vaccine was being administered.

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