18,518 school children vaccinated in school-based immunization program PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 August 2016 13:59


The City Health Office has announced that it has vaccinated a total of 18,518 school children during the school-based immunization program which started August 1.

Dr. Rodelin Agbulos, city health officer, said in an interview that 37,284 elementary school children and 11,234 high school students have been vaccinated.

The office is targeting 16,905 elementary school children for vaccination in 179 schools and 16,869 high school students in 43 high schools.

During the school-based immunization, Grade 1 will receive tetanus diphtheria vaccine and measles containing vaccine while Grade 7 students will be given tetanus diphtheria vaccines and measles and rubella vaccines.

Agbulos explained that their nurses and doctors are now focused on the said activity that is why they are seldom found in the health centers.

School-based immunization has the objective of protecting the target population from the consequences of tetanus and diphtheria, measles, and rubella.

Tetanus and diphtheria, measles, and rubella are fatal and can be prevented by vaccine.

CHO reminded parents to have their children vaccinated as this is done for free and will end on August 31.

Some children will also experience fever and pain at the injection site. The parents must give the child appropriate dose of Paracetamol.

“We still have until the end of August to be able to get 100 percent. In connection with the school based immunization our nurses and medical officers goes school to school,” Agbulos said. — R.G. A A. Go