7 Vaccine-Preventable Diseases in the Philippines Blocked by Proper Immunization
Are you aware that there is a standard routine immunization schedule for infants in the Philippines? We have adopted the Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) in the Philippines, which began in July 1979. In 1986, as a response to the Universal Child Immunization goal, 4 major strategies include maximum immunity against the 7 vaccine preventable diseases before the baby turns 1 year old. The fully immunized child must have completed the following: BCG 1, DPT 1, DPT 2, DPT 3, OPV 1, OPV 2, OPV 3, HB 1, HB 2, HB 3 and measles vaccines before the child is 12 months of age.
Here is the list of those 7 taken from the report of the Commission on Audit:
- BCG (for extrapulmonary tuberculosis)
- Oral polio vaccine (OPV) (for poliomyelitis)
- Hepatitis B (for hepatitis infection), and
- Measles (for measles infection)
Currently, if you would like your baby to have these shots taken at your local barangay, visit on a Wednesday. Every Wednesday is designated as immunization day in all parts of the country. Immunization is done monthly in barangay health stations and quarterly in remote areas of the country.
Unicef shares an article that highlights the importance of immunizations as we celebrate World Immunization week this April. Our country has achieved success in immunization, seeing a reduction in the <5-yrs-old mortality rate from 58.2 in 1990 to 28 in 2015. We maintained the polio free status since 2000 and will be validated for Maternal Neonatal Tetanus Elimination this year. With the government budget increased, new vaccines like PCV13, HPV, IPV, Dengue vaccine and Rotavirus in selected areas have been added. This year, Japanese Encephalitis vaccine will also be introduced. A Philippine law mandates free immunization services for infants and children in all government hospitals and health centers. The provision of immunization services has now been expanded to school children, adolescents and senior citizens. LH Prime Cebu offers the most up-to-date medical exams in Cebu, lab tests, and quick results so it is easier for you to get the necessary treatment after being checked by your doctor. Make sure you take the time to visit a diagnostic clinic in Cebu to know more of the services they offer, like what vaccines that are available.