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Immunization program targets 59,941 Novo Vizcayanos

Philippine Information Agency
26 Oct 2020, 23:38 GMT+10

BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya, Oct. 26 (PIA) - The Department of Health (DOH) in partnership with the local government units started its Immunization Program in the province today until November 25 this year.

Ranee Ganacias, National Immunization Program (NIP) Coordinator said this will offer Measles Rubella and Polio Supplemental Immunization in the province.

"We are 100 percent ready to implement the NIP in Nueva Vizcaya in collaboration with the local government units," she said.

Ganacias made the announcement during the joint meeting of the Provincial COVID-19 Task Force and Provincial Health Board (PHB) at the Pasalubong Center in this town.

She said the Measles Rubella and Polio Supplemental Immunization Program will be implemented throguh a barangay-based approach and in conformity with the COVID-19 health protocols.

The program targets 9 to 59 month children to provide them immunization from measles or 'Tigdas' and polio disease.

DOH study said an estimated 2.4M children under the age of five are susceptible for measles or 'Tigdas' which is one of the most contagious diseases in the world.

About 9 out of 10 people exposed to the measles virus who are not immune will contract the disease.

It can cause high-grade fever, rashes, cough, eye infection and can lead to complications such as pneumonia, ear infection, blindness, severe diarrhea, and swelling of the brain.

Polio, on the other hand, is a potentially debilitating disease that causes fever, neck stiffness, muscle weakness and can eventually lead to lifelong paralysis.

There is an ongoing outbreak of polio with cases reported from Acute Flaccid Paralysis (AFP) surveillance and presence of environmental samples with poliovirus.

If severe enough, both diseases can ultimately lead to death.

There is no specific treatment for these illnesses. The only reliable protection is through vaccination.# (MDCT/BME/PIA 2-Nueva Vizcaya)

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