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Vaccination against measles and polio, extended in Bulacan
Monday, 29 September 2014
CITY OF MALOLOS – The Provincial Government of Bulacan through the Provincial Public Health Office headed by Dr. Jocelyn Gomez, announced that the free vaccination against measles and polio is extended until October 5, 2014.

During the weekly flag raising ceremony in front of the capitol building, Gomez said that Department of Health Sec. Enrique T. Ona issued extension to the regions affected by the typhoon Mario that temporarily hindered them from giving vaccines.

Meanwhile, Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy- Alvarado closely monitors the progress of the project and encouraged everyone to support and help disseminate the said news to parents of all nine-month old babies to five years old children.

“Magkaisa po tayo dito sa ating lalawigan na aktibong makibahagi na bigyang proteksyon ang lahat ng batang bago maglimang taon laban sa tigdas at sa polio, kung kaya hinihikayat ang lahat na alamin ang detalye at magpunta sa pinakamalapit na vaccination post. Ito ay laban ng lalawigan ng Bulacan para sa mga batang Bulakenyo,” Alvarado said.

At present, the vaccination team is giving vaccines even in fast food chains. The breastfeeding station is also open to serve its employees and those who want to avail of the free vaccination in the area.

According to PPHO records, as of Friday, September 26, there are still 62, 808 children that are needed to be vaccinated.

“Karamihan ng mga batang hindi pa nabibigyan ng bakuna ay yung nandon sa resettlement areas na malalaki po talagang target,” Gomez said.

Measles is an infectious disease caused by “measles virus” that can be transmitted through saliva or air. Polio is also a contagious viral illness which can be transmitted by person-to-person through the faecal-oral route or by a common vehicle like food and water and can invade the nervous system that can cause paralysis. Polio and measles which mainly affects young children can cause death in its severe form and complications. ###

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