MAKATI CITY – To avert the spread of measles across, the Makati City government is bolstering its ongoing measles vaccination drive with the inclusion of Kinder to Grade 6 students in the target age group.
Makati City Mayor Abigail Binay said approximately 46,858 children in the said age group may receive their vaccines at their respective schools, during house visits done by the Makati Health Department (MHD) health personnel, or at their barangay health centers.
“The measles vaccine has been around for decades and has been proven safe and effective. I am appealing to everyone to place your children’s health and safety first. Have them vaccinated, and tell your friends and family to have their kids vaccinated, too. This is the only way we can rebuild ‘herd immunity’ and keep infectious diseases like measles down,” Binay appealed.
To date, Makati City has 38 reported measles cases, mostly from Barangays East Rembo and Pembo. Meanwhile, Barangays Rizal and Palanan are closely being monitored for possible clustering of measles cases.
“Since measles cases peak during the hot summer months, we expect the numbers to rise if we do not act swiftly. Parents and guardians must set their biases aside and have their children vaccinated against measles for their protection,” she said.
The mayor said the MHD has mobilized all its personnel, including barangay health workers, to assist in the anti-measles vaccination drive. “They are knocking on doors and going house to house to ensure the safety and protection of our children,” she added.
Earlier, the MHD extended the intensive campaign until March 31 on the city mayor’s orders.
The vaccines can be received from health workers going house to house simultaneously in the barangays; daily at all barangay health centers; and from all public schools in the city. The Palanan 24/7 health center has also been opened as a fixed post for round the clock vaccination.
The MHD has also tapped the assistance of the Ospital ng Makati (OsMak) to vaccinate all patients within the vulnerable age group who are admitted or come in for a consultation.
Binay said residents can also have their children vaccinated during scheduled Lingkod Bayan Caravans in their respective barangays.
On February 13, the MHD began its house to house immunization campaign targeting infants and children aged 6 months to 59 months old.
The local government’s outbreak response immunization drive aimed to cover 32,889 children from all barangays.
It had prioritized this age group because they are the most vulnerable to measles infection. Most deaths from measles also happen within this age range.