The Department of Health (DOH) reminded parents to have their children immunized against polio.
“Children are the most vulnerable to polio, and because the symptoms are not distinct, we don’t always see the deeper problem of this virus that can paralyze our spinal cords,” said DOH Director for Disease Prevention and Control Bureau Beverly Ho in a statement on Tuesday, Aug. 24.
“When you’re fully vaccinated against polio, there’s a 99 percent chance of preventing it,” she added.
Local government units are continuously carrying out childhood vaccinations in the health centers despite the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, said National Immunization Program (NIP) Manager Dr. Kim Patrick Tejano.
“Just like how there are schedules for our COVID vaccination, there are schedules for routine immunization with some of our LGUs,” said Tejano.
“The vaccines provided at the local government units are available at no cost, protecting against several diseases including polio, measles, pneumonia, meningitis, tuberculosis, diphtheria, and hepatitis,” he added.
Ho reiterated that polio vaccines are safe for children.
“We really encourage all mothers to have their children vaccinated. The information is out there for you to learn about the vaccines and how safe and effective they are,” she said.
On June 11, 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced the end of the polio outbreak in the Philippines—after the crippling disease reemerged in September 2019.
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