By Analou De Vera
The Department of Health (DOH)- Calabarzon on Tuesday reported that more than 800,000 children in the region have been immunized against measles.
The DOH-Calabarzon said that 862,237 children received a shot of measles vaccine from January 1 to March 11, 2019.
“Vaccination teams in malls, fast food chains, schools, house-to-house campaign, and fixed immunization posts in barangays continue to provide MCVs (Measles Containing Vaccine) to children six months up to six years old,” said Regional Director Eduardo Janairo in a statement.
The regional office said that there were 5,041 measles cases, including 104 deaths reported in Calabarzon as of March 11.
Janairo once again urged parents to have their children vaccinated against measles.
“Measles vaccine is one of the safest and the only protection against the measles virus that we can provide to our children. It has already saved countless of lives since it was introduced to the public in July of 1979 through the DOH Expanded Immunization Program,” said the health official.
“For parents with six months to six years old unvaccinated children, bring them to the nearest health center for them to receive the measles vaccine. It is safe and it is free,” he added.