THE Department of Health (DoH) -- Calabarzon ordered health officials in the areas to immediately conduct mass immunization against measles including oral polio vaccine (OPv) on all children, prioritizing those aged six to 59 months old.
Earlier, the DoH declared a measles outbreak in the National Capital Region (NCR), and expanded the alarm to Luzon, Central and Eastern Visayas.
In a advisories sent to all Provincial Health Offices (PHOs), City Health Offices (CHOs), National Immunization Program (NIP) Coordinators and Provincial Health Team Officers (PHTOs) of Calamba, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon (CALABARZON )to immediately conduct mass immunization against measles.
“Due to the continuously increasing number of measles-rubella cases we must immediately provide immunization to all children regardless of their vaccination status, whether they have received the vaccine or not, everyone must be immunized,” said Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo.
“We will include children ages five years old and above to ensure that everyone will be protected and further prevent the spread of measles to the population,” he added.
According to the Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (RESU) from January 1, 2019 to February 2, 2019, there were 560 measles-rubella cases recorded with 14 confirmed deaths, with age of cases ranging from nine months to 81 years old. This year’s figure is 409% higher compared to the same period last year with only 110 reported cases and one death.
Janairo explained the massive mass immunization activity will include house-to-house visits, reading of message advisory during church services, distribution of IEC materials on measles vaccination and setting up of injection posts in churches, bus stations, food chains, schools and other public areas.