With the recent outbreak of polio that has re-emerged in the Philippines after nineteen years of being free from the dreaded disease, the Department of Health (DOH) mounted a mass immunization campaign for children five years old and below. Parents, health workers, and local governments are being encouraged to fully participate in the synchronized polio vaccination.
DOH describes polio in its website as an infectious disease which spreads rapidly. And according to World Health Organization (WHO), the polio virus is transmitted from person to person and is spread mainly through the fecal-oral route. It can cause paralysis and, on rare occasions, can even be fatal. There is no cure for the disease. To protect children, especially those who live in risk areas, OT is strongly advised that the vaccines that have long been proven safe and effective be administered to them even in multiple doses.
On October 20, Word for the World Christian Fellowship through its Medical Ministry, in collaboration with the DOH, held the first leg of its free oral polio vaccination drive.
GET YOUR CHILD VACCINATED FOR FREE! Even if you’re not sure if your child has already received oral polio vaccine (OPV) in the past, there is no risk of overdose. In fact, fully immunized children receiving extra doses of OPV get extra protection. Multiple doses are given to ensure full protection.
The second leg of the free vaccination drive will be held on December 1, 2019 from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM at the Word for the World International Headquarters.