Medical Specialist Dr. Evelyn Bolido of the Capiz Provincial Health Office continues to urge the parents of children who are nine months old to avail of the free immunization of the government.
Bolido said that immunization against measles is one of those vaccines being given for free for the protection of children.
She said that the Department of Health (DOH) had been giving all the local government units vaccines for free immunization, particularly under its Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI).
Earlier, PHO Information Officer Jeoffry Espiritu revealed that Capiz has already three confirmed cases of measles, one of whom is 25 years old and the two others are nine and 10 years old and all are residents of Roxas City.
“We have been campaigning and giving free immunization against measles or ‘tigdas’ for many years already but there are still those who continue to refuse to avail said vaccines,” Espiritu said, adding that since measles is a contagious viral infection, it can spread from one person to another.
On the other hand, Bolido disclosed that the Department of Health Center for Health and Development in Region VI had already made an advisory for the PHO, Roxas City health office, health education program officer and EPI coordinator to conduct a follow up of defaulters for measles immunization in Roxas City and in towns near the city, namely, Panay, Panitan and Ivisan.
Through the follow-up of defaulters aims to track down unimmunized children and improve immunization coverage.
Said advisory which was signed by Regional Director Ariel Valencia suggests for the vaccination of children ages 12 months and older without prior history of monovalent measles with Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccines and be recorded as Completely Immunized Child.
Valencia spelled out in said order that a second dose of MMR may be given at least one month apart for children 13 to 15 months old.
Measles, also known as Rubeola, is an infection of the respiratory system caused by a virus, specifically a paramyxovirus of the genus Morbillivirus with fever, cough, runny nose, red eyes and a generalized, maculopapular, and erythematous rash as symptoms.
Measles is spread through respiration and is highly contagious—90% of people without immunity sharing living space with an infected person will catch it. (JCM/JBG/PIA6-Capiz)