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DepEd, DOH, DILG launch school-based immunization program

NAGA CITY—The Department of Health (DOH) in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) launched the nationwide school based immunization at Camarines Sur National High School earlier today, August 3.

DepEd, DOH, DILG launch school-based immunization program
Photo: DepEd

DOH Secretary Janette Garin led the launching of the event in which some 1,400 attendees were present.

 “Vaccination has been scientifically proven to be most effective public health intervention that’s why we’re conducting herd immunity as defense mechanism of those who were immunized. In this way we can prevent the spread of diseases thus also protecting those who were not immunized,”  DOH Bicol Family Health Cluster head Dr. Rita Mae Ang explained at the recently held regional nutrition committee meeting.
All school children enrolled in grades 1, 4 and 7 will be vaccinated with the appropriate vaccines which include measles-containing vaccine (MCV), Tetanus diphtheria (Td), quadrivalent  Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR).

“MMR and Td were introduced as an integral immunization strategy toward the elimination of measles and tetanus and control of mumps, rubella and diphtheria while HPV was introduced as one component in the comprehensive strategy in the prevention of cervical cancer,” Ang furthered.

Eligible grade 1 students will be administered with two MCV and one Td vaccines, grade 4 female students aging 9 – 13 years old with two-dose HPV following the recommended immunization schedule and grade 7 students with one dose each of MR and Td vaccines on the same immunization session.

Target for the Bicol region are 3, 802 public schools for elementary and high school with some 151,271 grade 1, 40,824 grade 4 and 125,088 grade 7 students.

Moreover Ang noted that parents who do not want their children to be vaccinated will not be forced to do so since the students will only be vaccinated upon the consent of their parents.

"Consent forms will be given to ensure that the children to be vaccinated are permitted by their parents," Ang said.

DepEd, DOH, DILG launch school-based immunization program
Photo: DepEd

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