Message of His Excellency Benigno S. Aquino III President of the Philippines On the occasion of the start of the...
For weeks, in health centers across Metro Manila, children aged 9 to 11 months have been receiving their first dose of the measles vaccine, while children aged 12 to 23 months have been inoculated with their second dose. This is part of the Department of Health’s heightened campaign, in coordination with local government units (LGUs), to prevent the spread of measles in the NCR.
The City of Manila has already covered 148 barangays with 21,560 children, aged up to 5 years old, receiving the measles vaccine. In areas where there have been rising cases of measles, or a significant number of unvaccinated children, mobile teams have been deployed for a door-to-door approach that will ensure children 9 months to 59 months (5 years) old receive their first dose or complete with their second. LGUs can opt to vaccinate only children with missed doses or include all children regardless of their vaccination status or history of measles illness.
Secretary of Health Enrique Ona, in a meeting with city health officers last Monday, also announced a Nationwide LIGTAS TIGDAS campaign to be conducted September of this year. It will target 13 million children aged up to 5 years old. The supplemental immunization activity is aimed at following- up with the children who missed their routine vaccine doses since 2011.