The Provincial Health Officials in Pangasinan has warned its residents amidst the previous measles outbreak happening on nearby regions in Luzon. They also urge parents to have their children vaccinated to prevent them from acquiring the contagious measles virus.
According to the Department of Health, fear caused by previous controversies involving vaccines stops the parents from taking their children to get vaccinated. Thus, more and more children are being unprotected from many diseases including measles.
In 2018, PHO recorded 42 confirmed cases of measles in Pangasinan. While 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,” Karen Lois Dela Cruz, nurse of PHO Pangasinan said.
Dela Cruz also said symptoms of measles include fever, red and blotchy skin rash, dry cough, sore and red eyes, as well as loss of appetite. She added that measles is a respiratory infection caused by a virus that inflicts children and non-immunized adults and it is important to get vaccinated because this virus can cause death especially to children.
She advised parents to immediately bring their child to the nearest hospital or health center if these symptoms were felt.
Along with the continuous anti-measles immunization launched in Pangasinan, the DOH also makes sure that there is constant and enough supply of vaccines especially now that summer is nearer where they expect more cases can be recorded.
Meanwhile, three other towns and two cities are under measles watch list of PHO. This includes Calasiao, Binmaley, Sison and the cities of Dagupan and San Carlos.