• DOH drive to ‘stamp out’ measles in Philippines

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    THE Department of Health (DOH) has suggested that children who have been vaccinated as well as those with mild cough and colds should still avail of the government’s month-long immunization campaign against measles this September.

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    According to National Epidemiology Center head Dr. Enrique Tayag, the free measles immunization drive targets all children born between October 2009 and December 2013.

    “This is to stamp out measles in the Philippines,” he said.

    A child should be vaccinated even if he or she has cough and colds, “[e]xcept in children currently with moderate or severe illness,” Tayag responded to a tweeted question.

    He said all children born between October 2009 and December 2013 will get free vaccines this whole September nationwide at health centers.

    Tayag added that there is no more need for children who were vaccinated last August to avail of vaccination this month.

    “Interval between doses should be at least four weeks,” he said.

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