Putik CES kick-off site for school-based immunization today PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 10 August 2015 11:29

Putik Central Elementary School will be the kick off venue for the school-based immunization campaign in the city today, August 10.

The city’s implementation of the program is a week delayed compared to other areas in the country. The delay was effected in Western Mindanao in view of the concerns raised by parents and students concerning the deworming program launched two weeks ago.

Implemented by the City Health Office in coordination with the Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Education (DEPED), the immunization program will cover measles, rubella, tetanus and diphtheria vaccines for children enrolled in Grades 1 and 7.

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 DOH has assured that the vaccines to be used in the campaign are 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.

Tolerable pain is expected at the injection site and that massaging of the injection site after vaccination is prohibited. Possible side effects of the immunization include fainting (due to fear of injection or sight of blood or having not eaten prior to immunization), swelling or pain or redness on the injection site, fever which is a normal reaction of the body to vaccines and rashes which is also normal reaction of the body to vaccines.  —Sheila Covarrubias