More than 100,000 children in Davao City were given anti-measles vaccine this after the declaration of outbreak in January this year.
A total of 112,278 children were given measles vaccine as of February 9 based on the outbreak response immunization (ORI) report of the City Health Office (CHO).
In a statement released by the City Information Office, the figure represented 56.49 percent of the entire eligible recipients of the vaccine – which totaled 198,747 children.
It stated that CHO is currently conducting ORI operations across the barangays of the city. It was being assisted by 100 personnel from the Department of Health.
Part also of the operation was the giving of immunization booster for children aged 6 up to 59 months; and information and education campaign on measles awareness.
The CHO reminded the public that its services are free. There are health advisories have been also distributed to schools to keep its authorities, parents, and school children aware of the measures to prevent infection and spread of the disease.
The CHO advised work establishments that if an employee showed symptoms of measles, they should refrain from going to work and instead go to the nearest hospital.
Symptoms of measles – which start to appear around two weeks of exposure to the virus – included high fever, cough, colds, sore throat, inflammation of the eyes, skin rashes, and white spots on the inner lining of the cheeks.