Be Protected. Get Vaccinated Manila Doctors Launched Hospital-Wide Measles Immunization Campaign To Protect its Staff
Manila, Philippines — Amid the high incidence of measles cases in the country, Manila Doctors Hospital has taken the initiative to launch “Be Protected. Get Vaccinated” a campaign to fight the spread of measles and protect its medical and non-medical staff. The Immunization Campaign also covers the families, relatives ,and friends of MDH staff, age ranging from 6 months to 44 years old.
“We are spearheading this activity to encourage other healthcare institutions to protect its personnel from contracting the measles in the line of duty.” says Dr. Jocelyn Yambao-Franco, Pediatric Department Chair,
“ But most of all, this is a message to everyone to protect themselves from preventable diseases by having themselves Immunized.”
The Department of Health (DOH) has declared a measles outbreak last Wednesday February 6 at the National Capital Region (NCR) and has expanded this to other areas in Luzon, Central , and Eastern Visayas.
According to Health Sec. Francisco Duque , the incidence of measles, locally known as “tigdas,” in the National Capital Region (NCR) has risen by 550 percent from January 1 to February 6, 2019 compared to the same period last year, thus, the need to scale up response, strengthen surveillance, and immunize all unvaccinated children against measles.
Measles is a viral, highly contagious disease transferred from person-to-person by sneezing, coughing, and close personal contact. Signs and symptoms include high fever, cough, runny nose, red eyes/conjunctivitis, fever, and rashes lasting for more than 5 days. Persons who lack immunity and are exposed to this infection can acquire the disease. Just like any viral infection, measles can best be prevented by immunization.