Parents urged to have kids vaccinated amidst pertusis outbreak

House of Representatives Deputy Majority Leader Janette Garin has urged parents to have their children properly vaccinated as cases of pertussis in the country continue to increase. Garin, a former Health Secretary, made the call after the Department of Health logged 1,477 cases of pertussis with 63 deaths nationwide from January 1 to April 6 this year. She said “vaccine hesitancy” was the…

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DOH: Vaccination initiatives to focus on most vulnerable sectors

The Department of Health (DOH) focuses its vaccination initiatives on the country’s most vulnerable sectors to protect them from the threats of the fast spreading pertussis or whooping cough. Reports said, however, that free booster shots for children aged 5 and above, adolescents, adults, and pregnant women are not available in health centers. “In a situation with limited resources, the…

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DOH expects more doses vs. Pertussis, vaccine preventable ailments

The pentavalent vaccine that protects against diptheria, tetanus, pertussis, influenza type B and hepatitis B. (PNA photo by Joan Bondoc) MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) is expecting the arrival of additional doses of vaccines against vaccine-preventable diseases. In a statement Monday night, the DOH said around three million pentavalent vaccine doses are “arriving at the…

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Dr. Solante: Seniors more prone to heat stroke; more water intake advised

MORE WATER INTAKE. Infectious disease expert Dr. Rontgene Solante discusses ways to combat the impact of El Niño during the Bagong Pilipinas briefing on Friday (Feb. 23, 2024). Solante advised senior citizens to increase their water intake as the rising temperature brought about by El Niño makes them more vulnerable to heat stroke. (Courtesy of PTV)…

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Bicol health caravan targets 13K beneficiaries this year

LEGAZPI CITY – The “Tarabangan Caravan” of Ako Bicol (AKB) Party-List slated this year which will offer a series of medical-dental missions is expected to benefit some 13,000 residents of the six provinces of the Bicol Region.. AKB media relations officer Sally Luces said the caravan is part of the priority programs of AKB and President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. to help…

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Undue hike in early teen pregnancies alarms authorities

The Commission on Population and Development (CPD) has called for heightened vigilance against adolescent pregnancies noted in its monitor records for young girls between 2021 and 2022. In a recent news release, CPD executive director Lisa Grace Bersales noted that the hike in total live births among girls under 15 years old went up by 35.13% based on Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) figures — from 2,320 in…

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