DOH CARAGA: INCOMPLETE VACCINATION AGAINST POLIO MAY RESULT IN INFECTING THE BODY WITH THE VIRUS
Updated: Jan 31, 2020
The first round of vaccination against Polio in the Caraga region has concluded last December 7, 2019.
In this regard, Cheryl Mae Plaza, Nurse V in Department of Health (DOH) Caraga, clarifies the importance of giving the second dose of vaccination to the children who has received it in the first round.
She said that in the case of not giving the second dose may increase the risk of the poliovirus exposure of the child’s body.
“ Tulo ang coverage sa, ang posibilidad nga mag-reemerge so for the coming years dili ta kabalo nga basin mag-outbreak. Mao ng i-ensure jud nato nga tanan bata nga natagaan atong round one, matagaan pud sila sa round two,” she said.
(There is a high possibility that it will re-emerge. Who knows, there might be a polio outbreak in the coming years. That’s why we need to ensure that the children who were given the vaccine in the first round will also be vaccinated in the next schedule.)
The second phase of the mass vaccination campaign against polio is set from January 20 to February 2, 2020.
“…Tanan natong mga ginikanan, nga atong i-submit ang atong mga anak nga nag-edad ug wala pa nag-lima ka tuig para mapabakunahan sa ikaduha sa atoang polio nga vaccine. Tanan natong mga vaccinators, atong mga health workers mag-adto sa balay-balay or pwede mo muadto sa pinakaduol nga health center,” she said .
(To all the parents, let’s have our children ages 5 years old and below, vaccinated in the second round. All our vaccinators and health workers will conduct house to house visitation, or you may go to the health center near you.)
In the first round, DOH Caraga has reached 94.91% of vaccination coverage in the whole region.
Caraga is one of the regions with the highest rate of vaccinated children.