WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2016

Philippines DOH begins high school vaccination program

The Philippines Department of Health is bringing a school-based adolescent vaccination program for public high school students in some cities to eliminate the emergence of vaccine-preventable diseases, the DOH said on Wednesday.

Health department officials launched the program on Tuesday in Baguio City at the Baguio City National High School with a simple program and a ceremonial vaccination. Health teams will go from classroom to classroom to provide the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine and the tetanus and diphtheria vaccine to students who have a letter of consent from their parents.

The program is part of the country's 2007 commitment to eliminate vaccine preventable diseases, including measles, mumps, rubella and diphtheria. As part of the program, the department's goal is to provide booster MMR and Td vaccines to approximately 19,600 high school students in 22 public high schools in Baguio City. The department will also provide vaccines to students in the provinces of Apayao and Abra.

Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan and the school's principal Elma Donaal were on hand on Tuesday to welcome the health department officials. Domogan and Donaal expressed their gratitude for bringing the free immunization program to the school.

"Together we can bring in and promote a healthy environment for the city and the people of Baguio," Domogan and Donaal said.