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PHO Targets 66K Kids for OPV Immunization PDF Print E-mail
Julius Viczon de la Cruz of the Provincial Health Office disclosed that 66,870 under-five years old children in the province are targeted for the OPV Catch-Up Immunization by the Department of Health.

“This is also in preparation for the Nationwide Oral Polio Vaccine Switch in April 27,2016,” he said.

De la Cruz said that the week-long catch-up immunization, conducted by the local health units in province, started last February 22 and will end on February 26.

Capiz is one of the four priority provinces in Western Visayas for the said activity because of the low OPV coverage coupled by inadequate surveillance.

The other priority areas are Antique, Iloilo and Negros Occidental.

“For a number of years now, we have zero polio case in the province,” de la Cruz said.

The DOH explained that the Catch-Up immunization aims to protect the population from the consequences of importation of wild poliovirus and circulating Vaccine Derived Polio Virus immergence.

It also seeks to guarantee high population immunity among under-five years old children in priority provinces and cities. (JCM/JBG/PIA6)
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