We've all been busy the past few weeks preparing for the much awaited Mass Immunization of Measles-Rubella and Oral Polio Vaccine this coming September. Last year, many children died of measles and when their parents were interviewed, it was found out that most of those children were not vaccinated against the said disease.
In order to address such issue and also to bring measles down to very low levels, if not totally eliminate it, DOH in cooperation with other health authorities came up with this Supplemental Immunization activity. The project also aims to reduce Rubella and help keep the Philippines polio-free.
MR-OPV Mass Immunization is scheduled to happen the whole month of September. Targeted children to receive the vaccines are as follows:
- 9 months to below 5 years old (59 months) will get a dose of measles/german measles vaccine
- 0 to below 5 years old (59 months) will get 2 drops of oral polio vaccine
Vaccination posts will be set up on each zones of the barangay. (Ask your health workers about the schedule of your barangay.) Remember, these vaccines are FREE. Children aged 0 to 59 months should receive the vaccines whether or not they were previously vaccinated. This is a SUPPLEMENTAL activity and is supported by World Health Organization. There is no vaccine overdose anyway.
In 2011, DOH had the same activity dubbed as "Iligtas sa Tigdas ang Pinas" wherein I was also a part of. We vaccinated the children on a door-to-door basis to make sure no one's left out.
“Ligtas Tigdas”. Magkaisa. Magpabakuna.
It is estimated that in this year's activity, 11 million children will receive the Measles-Rubella vaccine and 13 million for Oral Polio. For more information, you may visit the health center near you or post your questions down below.