Department of Health (DOH) is set to launch an immunization drive in schools to prevent an increase in the number of measles cases this coming summer months.
“We are targeting the vaccination of schoolchildren… before school closes by April 5,” Health Secretary Francisco Duque said the previous day.
Duque cited kindergarten to Grade 6 pupils are the proponents of the school-based immunization drive. He added the DOH would employ a selective method of immunization, which means those who already received two doses won’t be covered.
The DOH secretary also added children aged six months to four years in outbreak declared areas or whereas increase in cases have been seen were recently vaccinated against measles regardless of their immunization status.
The number of measles cases countrywide rose to 11,459 with 189 deaths since January of this year.
“We continue to appeal to mothers and caregivers of children from kindergarten to Grade 6 to have them vaccinated against measles, a tried and tested vaccine. Let us give our children a fighting chance to have a bright future,” Duque concluded.