UNICEF urges parents: Vaccinate children against measles

Measles can spread easily through coughs and sneezes

Measles can spread easily through coughs and sneezes

Measles cases in the city rose by 550 percent from January 1 to February 6, 2019 compared to the same period previous year, he added.

The number is way too high compared with 20 cases in the same period in 2018.

In the eastern part of central Philippines, the uptick has been as high as 5,000 per cent, from just a single case a year ago to 54 as of Jan 26.

The DOH also reported 575 cases and nine deaths in Calabarzon, up from 21 cases and no deaths from January 1 to January 26, 2018. In Metro Manila, meanwhile, there were five deaths, and in Luzon, there were 192 cases and four deaths.

"At least you should have a sizable number or segment of the population that will be protected so that you begin to build a wall around the people who have not been vaccinated for a myriad of reasons, may it be religious or customary", he said.

"The analysis confirmed that Dengvaxia provides persistent [protective] benefit against dengue fever in those who had prior infection", Sanofi said in a statement at the time.

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The DOH earlier admitted that their vaccination coverage rate had dropped to 60 percent following the controversy surrounding Dengvaxia with parents refusing to have their children vaccinated for fear that they would suffer adverse side effects.

Health staff deputed on all entry points to Pakistan has been alerted to monitor passengers arriving from the Philippines, which is in the grip of a measles outbreak. Ejercito, chairman of the Senate committee on health and demography, stressed the importance of vaccines-administered free in barangay health centers-to prevent the spread of communicable diseases.

"When one in the family has measles, everyone will get measles, so we are urging the public, especially those who have not been immunized, to go to their health centers to get vaccinated", Villafuerte added.

The country's Public Attorney's Office indicted government officials in connection with deaths linked to the vaccine. "He was saddened, so he said it should be addressed immediately", Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said. Duque said Acosta's "baseless claims and accusations" have led to the "decline in vaccine confidence and a rise in cases of measles and other vaccine-preventable diseases". The two government officials have always been at odds over the Dengvaxia controversy. "I can not be blaming her for that", he said.

The President earlier ordered a vigorous campaign to promote the complete immunization for children.

Community health nurse Mylene Pontanos injects a measles vaccine to a child in Barangay Payatas. "They should have already seen the trend past year", the group said.

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