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DOH-CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) together with the City Government of Binan in Laguna on Tuesday deployed vaccination centers in fast food chains in strategic areas of the city to mark the start of the mass immunization activity in the province.

Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo and Binan City Mayor Arman R. Dimaguila, Jr. led the ceremonial measles immunization and oral polio vaccine administration to various children ages 6 months to 6 years old in one of the leading fast food chains in the city.

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“This is an initiative of the City Government of Binan and we are pleased that they were the first to implement this activity in support of our national government’s call for a massive immunization of children ages 5 months to 6 years old to further prevent the increasing number of measles and to bring down the cases not only in CALABARZON but the whole country as well,” Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo stated during the opening of the vaccination center in one of the fast food chains located at Barangay Sto. Domingo in Binan City, Laguna.

DOH CALABARZON Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo administers the ceremonial measles vaccination with Binan City Mayor Arman R. Dimaguila, Jr. (right) and DOH Laguna Provincial Health Team Leader Dr. Gigi G. Janairo witnessing the event during the opening of immunization centers in one of the leading fast food chains in the city to mark the start of measles mass immunization campaign on February 12, 2019. The initiative was headed by the local government of the City of Binan in Laguna.

He disclosed that the City of Binan has the highest number of measles cases in the province with 94 cases and 3 recorded deaths from January 1, 2019 – February 9, 2019.

“We will provide assistance to all LGUs of the province in support of the on-going mass immunization campaign against measles to ensure that all the children at risk will be vaccinated and given proper protection,” he added

According to Janairo, two doses of measles vaccine are about 97% effective at preventing measles and one dose is only about 93% effective. “That is why it is very important to have our children vaccinated twice starting with the first dose at 9 to 15 months of age, and the second dose at 4 through 6 years of age to ensure their protection.”

“Measles vaccine is free. Parents need not to worry because it is very safe, it is effective at it is the best defense against measles,” Janairo assured.|

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