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End the scare: Pia Cayetano asks barangay chiefs for help in convincing parents to vaccinate kids

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Taguig City Rep. Pia Cayetano has appealed to barangay chiefs to help convince parents to vaccinate their children so they would be protected from preventable diseases, including measles.

Cayetano told barangay leaders in Cabanatuan City Thursday that they have to do their share in promoting proper immunization of infants and children since the community’s health is also at stake.

“Kailangan ko ang suporta ninyo sa issue na ito… It is our duty to convince the mothers, [para] mapanatag ang kanilang kalooban that these vaccinations are safe… Huwag nating pabayaan na matakot ang mga nanay dahil ‘pag tayo nagka-outbreak, sariling anak natin ay maaapektuhan,” she said.

“Huwag silang matakot dahil itong vaccination na pang-newborn hanggang one year old, tried and tested na po ‘yan. Dekada na hong ibibigay ‘yun… Hindi ‘yan para sa akin… para ‘yan sa buhay ng mga bata,” Cayetano added.

The Department of Health has already declared an outbreak of measles in the National Capital Region (NCR), Central Luzon, and Central and Eastern Visayas. In NCR, cases rose by 550 percent from January 1 to February 6 this year compared to the same period last year. At least 55 deaths were recorded at the San Lazaro Hospital in Manila, most of them children aged 3 months to 4 years old.

The rise in measles cases has been attributed in part to parents’ fear of vaccinating their children due to the controversy caused by the Dengvaxia vaccine.