DOH to parents: Take kids for measles shots

A Department of Health official on Saturday urged parents in Metro Manila to have their kids vaccinated against measles and mumps, as the health department rolled out its month-long inoculation drive.

Dr. Corazon Flores, regional director of the DOH-Metro Manila Center for Health Development, said the vaccines to be used for children had been tried and tested.

“Our measles vaccines are safe, effective, and have been used for a long time. It (sic) has been used since we were young,” Flores said in a press briefing.

The DOH rolled out an immunization drive against measles and mumps, as they projected an increase in cases – citing parents who voiced fears of going out during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Flores said around 30 percent of children aged 5 until 59 months in the metropolis have been vaccinated.

To increase the number of children who get vaccinated, health workers go around households to encourage parents to have their children inoculated.

Health centers also put up vaccination posts, and authorities leave it up to local officials to set up vaccine sites in basketball courts and other open areas to follow current COVID-19 protocols.

“’We will observe safety protocols in the vaccination. There’s handwashing, health workers have protective equipment, and mothers and their children will be requested to go to physical distance. We will give ways to protect the children,” she said.

Parents may also expect schedules to be put out in case they want their children vaccinated. 

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