Sunday , June 13 2021

Vaccination key to prevent the spread of measles: experts

The president of the Philippine Society for Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Dr. Mario Palinalagan says there is no new strain of the measles virus in the country. (Photo by Ma Teresa Montemayor)

Manila – Wednesday's medical experts stressed the importance of vaccination in the fight against the spread of measles virus in some regions of the country.

Dr. Mario Painalin, president of the Philippine Society for Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, said children and adults could easily get infected with the disease if they were not immune to it.

"These are the latest figures from January 1 to February, and there are 4,321 messages for measles-rubella, of which 4,302 are cases." Labor confirmed measles is 177 while measles is compatible, ie 1939 , "he said.

Panalanan noted that measles victims are aged one year to 76 years, but children aged one to four years are most affected by the outbreak by 1460 cases or 34% of the total cases.

He added that 1,116 cases or 27% of the total number of cases belong to the age group under nine months and are predominantly male.

"Of the total cases of measles, 2589 were not vaccinated, 105 were single-dose, 26 had two or more doses, 685 cases of unknown doses, and 627 cases of unknown vaccination status, and the unknown status is very important. , we have just received data that there are now 64 deaths in the San Lazaro Hospital, he said.

Panalihan said there was no new strain of measles in the country, and the measles outbreak could be due to the low turnout of the vaccine.

"Ang measles virus ay talagang nakakahawa. Halimbawa, if on May measles, I come, if necessary, to use it, Measles (the measles virus is really infected, for example, I have measles and I kept this microphone, and other people will keep it, they will also make measles). So, if you are not immunized, you have not been vaccinated, you will have a 90 percent chance of contracting the disease, "he added.

Philippine Pediatric Society President Salvasson Gatchalian, one of the participants in the forum, said babies aged one to six months could be protected from measles if their mothers were vaccinated against the disease when they were young or at least four weeks before pregnancy.

"We teach mothers about the vaccines their children need to receive and when they need to get them. The same is true with health centers. Vaccines are always available. I understand that there may be communities that are far from the health centers, so I advise these parents to take the opportunity to vaccinate their children while the DOH (the Department of Health) makes a door-to-door vaccination, "she added.

Meanwhile, Anna Lisa Ong-Lim, the Society for Pediatric Infectious Diseases of the President of the Philippines, urged the public to be responsible for the health of her children and to cooperate with the government in combating the measles outbreak.

"The point is to make sure they have access to resources, vaccines and health centers have always been there," she said.

Ong-Lim added that DOH is trying to resolve the epidemic and run its vaccination program.

"In a health system, we have to understand that there is a group of subdivisions, and these are those in remote areas, areas with military conflicts, religions that keep them from being vaccinated – they are the sources of outbreaks and the best solution is to reduce the number of people who can cause them, "she said.

On the other hand, Garciaan stressed that "vaccination is being carried out continuously in health centers".

"I do not think there was a lack of effort in the government." To increase DOH's plans, medical societies, kami aygutulong-toulong hamadminister ang bakuna sa (we all work together to administer the vaccines for) the number of children to be vaccinated to control the outbreak, she said.

Monday, Health Secretary Francisco Duke III heads a meeting of the National Council on Disaster Risk Management to manage the outbreak of measles in different regions of the country.

During the meeting, leaders and representatives of various government agencies presented their plans to prevent further transmission of the virus. (PNA)

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