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DOH, BHD on measles vaccine rounds

BAGUIO CITY - The health campaign for children ages 5 months to 6 years old is on-going with the 40,000 doses of measles vaccine issued earlier by the Department of Health (DOH), Mayor Reinaldo Bautista, Jr. announced last week.
Simultaneous vaccination goes on in primary public and private schools and health centers as administered by personnel from the Baguio City Health Department, DOH-CAR, assisted by the PMA and the Philippine Nurses Association (PNA).
Another shipment of 50,000 doses so as to immunize schoolchildren up to 9 years of age is being awaited, the mayor added during the weekly media forum. He acknowledged the earlier bequest from the DOH as headed by Secretary Esperanza Cabral, and through Regional Director Myrna Cabotaje.
Clinical instructors and students from nursing schools as well as those from the Nurse Assigned in Rural Service (NARS) program of the DOH for Baguio and Benguet have actively participated in the vaccination drive, thus should be lauded, the mayor also said.
The drive started with the onset of measles in a part of the city, Kayang Hilltop, with the death of an infant.
As of last count, there are 66 suspected measles cases in the city. In an earlier meeting with health authorities, the mayor made it known that most of the infected children are migrants, and from visits to said areas, learned that most are from the south.
The mayor himself led the vaccination round starting at Magsaysay Elementary School last Tuesday. As of press time, a sizable portion of the target of 95,000 children has been immunized.
Mayor Bautista, Jr. then encouraged parents to have their children immunized through vaccination, and protect themselves from the disease.
Measles is a contagious childhood disease from airborne virus usually coughed up by an infected person. The infected child then shows cold-like symptoms sometime with cough and fever. Rashes appear on the skin, and would spread on the body. If not taken cared of immediately, complications such as infection of the middle ear, heart muscles, liver, and brain may occur.
Parents are thus advised to consult health workers if symptoms are noticed in their children, specially infants.
Parents of immunized children from 6 to 8 months are also advised to be back for a second dose on the 9th month. -juliegfianza.

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