School-based immunization 2015 kicks off Aug. 3 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 03 August 2015 11:06

The City Health Office (CHO) in coordination with the Department of Health and the Department of Education will spearhead today, August 3, the launching of School-Based Immunization for children enrolled in grade 1 to 7.

The immunization will be for measles, rubella, tetanus and diphtheria.

The launching is set at 9am at the Putik Central School with Mayor Beng Climaco, DOH-9 Regional Director Dr. Aristides Tan and Division of City Schools Superintendent Pete Natividad as guests. City Health Officer Dr. Rodel Agbulos will open the program while CHO dentist Rowel Lubian will give a briefing on dental care. Putik Central School Principal Lepidaptera Villanueva will close the program.

The activity is a nationwide program and will cover all public schools in the country.

Meanwhile, the DOH in an advisory assured that the agency uses vaccines approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) and that vaccines are safe, effective and used worldwide. Only trained workers will administer the vaccines and that students should eat before getting vaccinated.

The same advisory states that tolerable pain is expected at the injection site and that massaging of the injection site after vaccination is prohibited. Should the symptoms persist, the students, teachers, parents and or guardians are advised to consult the nearest health center or hospital.

The advisory likewise reminds teachers, parents and guardians about the possible side effects of the immunization. These include fainting (due to fear of injection, or sight of blood or having not eaten prior to immunization) which may be treated by letting students lie until he/she regains consciousness and if not conscious after 15 minutes, the student should be brought to the nearest health center or hospital; swelling or pain or redness on the injection site which may be treated by applying warm compress using clean cloth and water and should symptoms persist, the student should be given paracetamol every 4 hours; fever which is a normal reaction of the body to vaccines, treatment of which is to give the student paracetamol every 4 hours and rashes which is also normal reaction of the body to vaccines and once rashes appear, the child should be brought to the nearest health center/hospital for consultation. — Sheila Covarrubias