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The Childhood Immunization is Important during the pandemic

The stage of infancy to childhood is a very critical stage. Their immune system is not yet fully developed until 2-3 months. Babies produce antibodies when they are become exposed to viruses. It is important to boost the baby's immune system and to protect them from diseases, illness, and other infections by making sure that they have complete vaccination.

As a parent, if asked of what makes us happy, we can simply and wholeheartedly answer that it would be our kids. We always want the best for them and see them grow healthy and away from sickness.

Vaccination can protect our child from deadly diseases like Measles, Polio Hepatitis B, Tetanus, and Pneumonia which is now the number one killer disease among children age 0-5 years old. The vaccine in a child's body builds up antibodies to protect them from getting the diseases. This is also a way to reduce the spread of diseases.

Parents can avail the free vaccination in all public health centers nationwide. The vaccine-preventable diseases include
  •  Measles
  •  Tuberculosis
  •  Tetanus,
  •  Rubella
  •  Poliomyelitis
  •  Diptheria
  •  Mumps
  •  Hepatitis B
  •  German measles 
  •  H-Influenza B

The Philippines has zero cases of measles and polio since 2010 but due to the low numbers of babies being vaccinated,In 2018, there was a measle outbreak with 20,827 cases are reported and 199 deaths.
The DOH reported that the vaccination coverage has dropped to 7% percent which is way below the ideal 24 percent coverage for the country to reach the 95 percent target by the end of 2020.

Dr. Maria Wlda Silva, Manager of  DOH  National Immunization Program shared that one of the vaccine-preventable diseases, pneumonia, remains the number one killer disease among children 5 years old and below. The tender for the child pneumococcal vaccine between PCV 10 and PCV 13 is currently being reviewed by the Health Technology Assessment Council (HTAC) for comparability and cost-effectiveness. 

Asked on the new evidence presented by the World Health Organization (WHO) saying that the two PCVs in the market are equally effective in protecting the children from pneumonia, Silva said: “When we did the cost-effectiveness analysis, they are both cost-effective. 

The price of PCV10 and PCV13, they fall on that range na cost-effective sila pareho. But, of course, there is another benefit when we chose the PCV13 because it contains the three serotypes that are not found in PCV10 before. But with the new evidence, this was now presented to National Immunization Committee and then it was brought up to the HTAC for further review and we are waiting for the review.” 

The PCV tender is massive, which is even bigger than that of the controversial Dengvaxia procurement. “Currently, there is only one available pneumococcal conjugate vaccine available in the market (PCV 13). It is a very expensive vaccine and it's eating up more than 60% of the budget of the national immunization program. Mahal talaga pag isang produkto lang ang nasa merkado, ” Silva said. 

The HTAC Review of the PCV vaccines is expected to be completed this June.

The Philippines now ranked as #1 in Asia with the highest fatality rate of Covid-19. As of now, we could not afford a new outbreak while battling with this pandemic. Tha's why the DOH and other medical experts are calling the attention of all parents to continue the immunization especially for newborn babies to children age 1- 5 years old despite the quarantine.

We have the vaccines to make sure that our children are protected against measles, polio, pertussis, flu, pneumonia, diarrhea, and many other illnesses. Visit the nearest health centers in your area or your pediatrician.


Twinmama Sarah said…
its sad na dahil sa isang vaccine na sinasabing nagcause ng death ng maraming bata (dengvaxia) nawalan ng tiwala ang jbang magulang tungkol sa efficiency ng mga vaccines.But fo rme bilang laki ako sa vaccine ng center hindi ko pagkakakit sa anak ko ang proteksyon para sa mga ibat ibang sakit. Why Risk? diba kung proven naman at nkalakihan na natin.
Marami Kasing Mga Nanay Ang Nawalan Ng Tiwala Sa Vaccine Dahil Sa Dengvaxia. Kaya As a Mon Ayokong Mapahamak sila Dahil Lang sa takot ko sa Vaccine. Mas Lalo Lang Silang Mapapahamak kapag Ipagkakait ko sa Kanila Ang Proteksyon nla sa Anumang Sakit. Kaya since nung Ipinanganak ko Sila kapag Schedule nila Sa Vaccine Sinusunod ko Yun Walang Palya☺️
Anonymous said…
Wag tayu padala sa takot.. VACCINE is 100% important lalo na sa ating nga anak.. ITONG 3 yo anak ko. Kompleto tu sa vakuna nung sa mindanao pa. Kami.. Magtiwala tau sa DOH..
Ellaine parame said…
Wag tau padala sa takot.. VACCINE is 100% important lalo na sa ating mga anak.. ITONG anak ko. Kompleto natu sa bakuna sa province pa kami.. MAGTIWALA tau sa DOH. Pahalagahan ang kalusugan ng ating mga anak..
Dhel Manog said…
True mommy mahalaga talaga na may vaccine ang mga bagets lalo na sa panahon ngayon.Buti mga bagets ko kompleto sa bakuna kaya no worry ako.
Dhel Manog said…
Pinakaimportante talaga sa panahon ngayon na kompleto sa vaccine ang mga bata.Dahil yan ang panlaban natin ngayon sa pandemic na ito.mahalaga na ligtas ang mga bagets.kaya ako no worry dahil kompleto sa vaccine ang mga bagets ko.
Mariya Wendy said…
I am afraid na baka paglaki na anak ko ay bumalik yung ganitong pandemya sa bansa natin, sana huwag . Kumpleto naman sa bakuna ang aking mahal na anak kaya hindi ako nag aalala.

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