Sara boosts immunization drive

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The national government’s call for parents to have their children vaccinated and immunized against diseases received much needed shot in the arm after Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte on Sunday expressed her support to the campaign.

She assured parents that the vaccines are safe not only against measles but also against other diseases for their children’s protection

Mayor Sara lent her voice to clear the confusion brought about by the controversial anti-dengue immunization program by the Aquino administration, that resulted in the Dengvaxia scare.

She assured parents that the vaccines are safe not only against measles but also against other diseases for their children’s protection.

“It’s safe to have your children vaccinated,” Mayor Sara said.

The government is giving free vaccination for infants under the national immunization program such as the anti-tuberculosis, anti-polio, measles, mumps, rubella and anti-Hepatitis B.

The mayor’s call came on the heels of the reported measles outbreak in Metro Manila and other regions of the country.

“We can’t really force parents to have their children vaccinated because of that stigma brought by Dengvaxia vaccination,” Mayor Sara said.

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus.

It is transferred from person-to-person by sneezing, coughing and close personal contact.

Its signs and symptoms include cough, runny nose, conjunctivitis, fever and skin rashes lasting for more than three days.

The disease’s complications include diarrhea, middle ear infection, pneumonia, encephalitis, malnutrition and blindness which may lead to death.

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