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Pangasinan PHO to parents: Get your children vaccinated against measles

Karen Lois Dela Cruz, nurse of Pangasinan Provincial Health Office (PHO)

DAGUPAN CITY – The Provincial Health Office (PHO) in Pangasinan has urged parents to get their children vaccinated against measles as it is the most effective way to prevent their children from catching the measles virus.

Karen Lois Dela Cruz, nurse of PHO Pangasinan, said parents should bring their children to health centers, and get measles vaccination to prevent them from catching the disease that may lead to complications or worst, even death.

“Di natin maiiwasan sa mga magulang na matakot sa pagpapabakuna dahil sa mga nakita nila sa balita ukol sa dengvaxia vaccine pero dapat malaman nila na mahalaga ang pagpapabakuna upang maiwasan ang pagkakasakit ng tigdas o maging ang pagkamatay dahil dito at sa iba pang mga sakit na maaari namang maiwasan kapag fully immunized ang bata,” Dela Cruz said during the “Pantongtongan Tayo” radio program of PIA aired on Tuesday.

She said measles is a respiratory infection caused by a virus that inflicts children and non-immunized adults. 

In 2018, PHO recorded 42 confirmed cases of measles in Pangasinan.

Last month, two confirmed cases were already recorded.

“Ang bakuna ay 95 percent lang ang effectivity kaya nagsasagawa ang PHO ng mga supplemental immunization activity tuwing Setyembre kada taon. Pagdating ng siyam na buwan at isang taon ng bata, binibigyan siya ng bakuna at kapag nasa grade 1 at grade 7 na binibigyan muli ng bakuna ang bata laban sa tigdas,” she said.

Dela Cruz said symptoms of measles include fever, red and blotchy skin rash, dry cough, sore and red eyes, as well as loss of appetite.

She advised parents to immediately bring their child to the nearest hospital or health center if these symptoms were felt. 

“Maaaring ikamatay ng bata ang tigdas dahil ito ay nagdudulot ng komplikasyon at maging sanhi ng pagkakaroon ng pneumonia,” warned Dela Cruz.

To prevent catching measles virus, she advised parents to give their children healthy foods and vitamins and get them vaccinated.

Meanwhile, three towns and two cities in Pangasinan are under measles watch list of PHO which includes Calasiao, Binmaley, Sison and the cities of Dagupan and San Carlos.