SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, Antique -- Antique Governor Rhodora J. Cadiao has appealed to parents to have their children vaccinated against measles as cases continue to rise.
“Parents should not be afraid to have their children be vaccinated,” she said in an interview Tuesday.
The governor said health personnel of the Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) together with those of the municipal health offices continue to conduct door-to-door or house-to-house campaign on measles vaccination as preventive measure for children as young as six years old who have not yet been immunized.
The health teams, however, face problems with parents who are afraid to have their children immunized against measles due to news report on the side effects of the anti-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia. “The anti-measles vaccine is proven to be safe,” Cadiao said.
Based on the report by IPHO chief, Dr. Ric Noel Naciongayo, there are 154 cases of measles in the province with 37 cases from the municipality of Sibalom.
A three-year-old boy, who died last January 12, was the lone fatality recorded.
IPHO recorded only 11 cases during the same period last year.
Naciongayo, who called a meeting of Barangay Health Workers in the province last Friday, said that all 18 towns in the province now have measles cases. He said there really is a need to do massive vaccination against the highly contagious disease.
Measles symptoms include high fever, cough, runny nose, red and watery eyes, and Koplik spots or clustered white lesions. (PNA)