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Mayor Abby extends dengue vaccination until September 15; calls on parents to have children aged 9 to 14 vaccinated

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September 5, 2017

Ref.: Makati ICRD, 8998938

 

 

Mayor Abby extends dengue vaccination until September 15; calls on parents to have children aged 9 to 14 vaccinated

 

Makati Mayor Abby Binay is calling on parents of children aged 9 to 14 years to bring them to the nearest barangay health center for the free dengue vaccination as she announced a two-week extension of the community-based vaccination drive.

 

“I’m encouraging parents of children who have yet to be vaccinated to bring their children to the health centers or allow them to be vaccinated in their respective schools,” Mayor Abby said.

 

The extended round of vaccinations started Monday (September 4) and will run until September 15 in all of the city’s 26 barangay health centers.

 

Makati Health Department (MHD) officer-in-charge Dr. Bernard Sese explained that the children should be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian when availing of the vaccine since they are minors.

 

This Saturday, September 9, all health centers will also be open from 8am to 12 noon to accommodate children whose parents cannot accompany them on weekdays. The MHD chief also noted that MHD teams will also be going house to house to administer the vaccine to target recipients who are unable to go to the health center.

 

Dr. Sese also assured that there will be a separate line as well as dedicated personnel assigned for anti-dengue vaccination at the health centers.

 

The MHD’s earlier vaccination drive ran for 11 days and covered all health centers as well as 39 public schools all over the city. Dr. Sese said they were able to vaccinate close to 15,000 children.

 

He noted that the extension will cover defaulters as well as those who have earlier been tagged as deferred. The initial list of students was based on data from DepEd. However, the MHD said they will look for children between the ages of 9 and 14 who may be at a different grade level.

 

The extension of the vaccination program also gives children who may not be in school the opportunity to receive the anti-dengue vaccine. Nurse Lea Torio of DepEd Makati said the MHD is targeting 48,419 children.

 

The vaccine being administered by MHD personnel and school nurses covers all four strains of the dengue virus. The vaccines will be administered in three separate doses. This means that children who received the vaccines between August and September will be receiving a second dose in February 2018; and the third and final dose in August, 2018.

 

The MHD earlier received some 65,000 dengue vaccines from the DOH. Acting on the Mayor’s directive, the MHD mobilized doctors and nurses for the community-based vaccination. To cover more ground, health representatives also went around public elementary schools and high schools.

 

The age range of 9 to 14 years was set by the Department of Health (DOH) because this is reportedly the age that is most receptive to the vaccine. The anti-dengue vaccine is meant to boost immunity against the dengue virus which is prevalent during the rainy season. The Aedes aegypti mosquito, the carrier of dengue, also transmits the Zika and Chikungunya viruses.

 

The community-based vaccination program is part of the city’s larger campaign for dengue prevention. To strengthen the program, the MHD has also been organizing clean up drives, doing preventive misting operations as well as holding health education seminars in the barangay and school levels to help prevent the spread of dengue.

 

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