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PIA Press Release
2010/02/26

Mothers urged to seek measles vaccines for kids

Iloilo City (26 February) -- The Iloilo Provincial Health Office recently urged mothers to bring their children to health centers nearest them for the free measles vaccines.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Patricia Grace Trabado said that it is important for mothers to have their children get the vaccination against measles for protection.

Trabado said children starting 9 months old can avail of the regular measles vaccination services being given in the health centers while those aged 13 to 23 months old are encouraged to receive the 2nd dose of their measles vaccination.

Mothers from the towns of Lambunao, Oton and Leon, were encouraged to coordinate with their health workers for the Outbreak Response Immunization being conducted in the areas where children aged 6 months to 15 years old could avail of the measles vaccination.

The ORI is part of the interventions being done by the IPHO in some barangays of the said municipalities where there are confirmed cases of measles. The special immunization started as early as September of last year in the province after cases of measles in Oton were reported in August.

Aside from the immunization, Trabado added that Vitamin A capsules are also given for free in health centers for further protection and to lessen complications in children in case there is measles.

Measles is a highly contagious disease caused by a virus affecting mostly children. It is easily and very rapidly transmitted through air or direct contact.

Children who suffer from measles may experience complications including pneumonia, encephalitis, blindness, deafness, ear infection, diarrhea and dehydration. Also, complications due to measles can cause death.

Child with measles, according to the DOH, usually has blotchy rashes all over the body for 3 days or more, has fever and at least any one of the following: cough, runny nose and reddish eyes.

Trabado also advised those who have fever and rashes to go to the nearest health centers or facilities for proper medical assessment or check-up. (PIA) [top]

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