CHO intensifies immunization amid Dengvaxia scare Print
Wednesday, 28 February 2018 16:25

The City Health Office has intensified its house-to-house immunization for measles even as some parents had refused to have their children immunized due to the Dengvaxia scare.

Dr. Dulce Miravite, officer-in-charge of the City Health Office, told a radio interview yesterday morning that her office had recorded 187 cases of suspected measles as of Feb. 22.

She said the house-to-house immunization drive started Feb. 19 until March 23 and had already covered more or less 5,000 children in over a week’s time. She estimated about 27,000 children had already been immunized for measles to include those vaccinated prior to the outbreak.

Dr. Miravite further said her office is targeting about 100,000 children for measles immunization following the guidelines issued by the Department of Health (DoH) central office.

Aside from immunization, the DoH has also advised CHO to continue monitoring the reported measles, ensure good case management in both public and private hospitals and clinics.

“We make sure they (measles patients) get the best care possible,” she said, adding that disease surveillance teams are being assigned in all hospitals to monitor cases of measles.

Meanwhile, Dr. Miravite lamented that about 5% of the parents approached had refused to submit their children for immunization for measles for fear of the controversial Dengvaxia vaccine.

“Chene gayod mga parents no kere manda man immunize di ila anak. Si the oi sila bakuna pirmi the pregunta si Dengvaxia” (There were parents who really refused their children immunized for measles. When they hear immunization they always associate it with Dengvaxia) Miravite said.

This, prompted CHO field personnel in the health centers to double time and explain to the parents that immunization for measles is far different than Dengvaxia vaccines purportedly for dengue.

“We really have to explain, make them aware, and teach them again that immunization for measles is a regular immunization program of the CHO, using the same vaccines since before. This is not a special vaccine but the same used ever since immunization started long before,” Dr. Miravite said.

She pointed out that measles can best be prevented through immunization.-(Vic Larato)