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Mass supplementary immunization launched this month
October 16, 2020 – Mothers are urged to bring their children to designated fixed health posts in the barangays, for free supplemental Measles Rubella Oral Polio Vaccine (MR OPV) after launching ceremonies on October 26.
This was announced by City Health Services Office (HSO) head Dr. Rowena Galpo, during the Ugnayan media forum last week at city hall.
The month-long activities start with a two-week intensive vaccination, mopping up operations during the third week, and the last week for rapid assessment, Galpo said.
At least 29,987 children within 9 to 59 months old are targeted for the MR vaccine, while 35,327 newly born up to 59 months were counted needing to take in OPV.
The activity comes side by side with health workers’ efforts to fight Covid-19. Galpo added.
During the immunization activities, clients and health workers should comply with the minimum health protocols; wear the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), face shield and face mask. Social distancing should also be practiced, Galpo added.
All field medical officers and nurses; midwives and sanitation inspectors; population program and nutrition workers, and human resources on health and Barangay Health workers are members of the implementing committee.
Availability of logistics, organization of the vaccination team, documentation and information dissemination as to vaccination schedules and sites shall be their responsibility. In addition, they shall record the total number of vaccinated children and report cases needing hospitalization, manage and refer said cases to the appropriate health facility.
Immunized children benefit in being protected from infectious diseases thus saving lives, direct and indirect health costs are reduced and diseases are prevented from spreading among individuals, families and neighbors, resulting in healthier communities.
Unvaccinated children could develop diseases resulting in long-term disabilities and even death; with prolonged treatment burdening families with expenses and inability to be productive; in education and economic sides. A lower quality of life for individuals may be the result of being unvaccinated, with being a potential for outbreaks endangering the health of not only a family, but the whole community, it was known.
For children below five years old, vaccines guarantee protection against Tuberculosis, Hepatitis B, Polio, Diptheria, Pertussis, Type b Influenza, Pneumonia, Measles, Mumps Rubella and Tetanus, a Department of Health (DOH-CAR) material states.
School-based immunization for school children guarantees protection against Measles, Mumps, Rubella and Human Papillomavirus (HPV); child-bearing women need to be immunized against Tetanus and Diptheria, while senior citizens need to be immunized against Influenza and Pneumonia.
In case reactions after vaccination, such as fever, rashes, pain of swelling at injection site happens, paracetamol may be taken in. But if unusual reaction occurs for more than two days, the nearest health facility may be called in or visited.
Mild side effects however, disappear within a day or two.
Queries or additional information may be phoned in at 442-8096 to 98, or at Health CAR hotline 09471959845. Facebook page: Nip Doh Car may also be accessed. – juliegfianza with reports from the Health Services Office