The Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday, March 1 declared a measles outbreak in a barangay in Taguig City.
According to Health Undersecretary Eric Domingo, there have been a total of seven measles cases in the unidentified community.
Just recently, the DOH also declared an outbreak in Zamboanga City following some 166 recorded measles cases in 2018 alone.
Parents, in fear of the dengue vaccine, Dengvaxia, have chosen to restrict their children from being given the measles vaccine after reports of deaths of children supposedly due to the failed vaccine.
To this, the DOH urged the public not to be discouraged by the different vaccines that have already proven effective in the past.
“In the face of the current measles outbreak declared in Zamboanga City, the Department of Health (DOH) is resolute in its desire to win back the trust and confidence of the public on vaccination, following the Dengvaxia controversy.
“Although some sectors may attribute the outbreak to the Dengvaxia issue, it is actually the result of low measles vaccine coverage in the past years which led to the accumulation of susceptible individuals,” Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said.
In a statement, Health Undersecretary Eric Domingo warned about the life-threatening effects of measles if neglected.
Signs and symptoms of measles include fever, rash, cough, coryza, conjunctivitis, malaise, and dyspnea.
Duque also advised parents of those who have contacted measles to “immediately isolate their children with fever and rashes and seek consultation” to give affected patients due amount of medical care before symptoms worsen.
“Let me reiterate that vaccination is still the best protection against this particular disease,” Due added.