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Press Release/September 14, 2020

The Department of Health (DOH) - CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) today started the second round of “Sabayang Patak Kontra Polio”, a supplemental door-to-door immunization campaign to prevent the spread of the virus in the provinces of Laguna, Rizal and Cavite and protect the vulnerable children from the consequence of polio recirculation.

“The second round of immunization activity will ensure full protection of children against the polio virus and expected to improve the immunization coverage by providing all children under five years old with free doses of oral polio vaccine,” Regional Eduardo C. Janairo stated.

Administering multiple doses of OPV to children has been proven safe and effective in preventing the transmission of the virus. Kailangang magkaroon ng full vaccination ang isang bata, ibig sabihin dapat mayroon siyang four doses ng polio vaccine upang magkaroon sya ng full protection,” he emphasized.

The DOH recommends that children must get one dose at each of the following ages - 2 months old, 4 months old, 6 through 18 months old and 4 through 6 years old.

Polio, or poliomyelitis, is a deadly crippling disease caused by the poliovirus. The virus spreads from person to person and can invade an infected person’s brain and spinal cord, causing paralysis

Janairo reminded parents of children 0-59 months old to make sure their children are vaccinated against polio. “Ipabakuna po natin ang ating mga anak sa ating mga bakuna doors na magbabahay-bahay . Huwag po kayong matakot sa bakuna dahil ito po ay ligtas at epektibong panlaban sa polio.”

For the first round of “Sabayang Patak Polio”. as of September 9, 2020, the coverage for the province of Rizal (without San Mateo) was 79.12%, 266,607 out of 336,971 children vaccinated and 70,364 remaining unvaccinated and 90.15% for Rizal Province (without San Mateo and Cainta) with 29,118 remaining unvaccinated.

For Laguna Province (Calamba and Pakil only) accomplished 82.89%, 47,184 out of 56,927 children vaccinated and 9,743 remaining unvaccinated.

Cavite Province (without Kawit) has 71.54% or 316,111 out of 441,848 children vaccinated and 125,737 remaining unvaccinated and 69.92% for the whole Cavite Province with 135,994 unvaccinated children.

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A child receives an oral polio vaccine from a Bakuna Door during a house visit conducted by the Department of Health - CALABARZON during the first round of "Sabayang Patak Kontra Polio" conducted by the health department from August 3 to 17, 2020 to prevent and stop the transmission of the virus among children ages 0-59 months in the provinces of Laguna, Cavite and Rizal.

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Health workers en route to provide oral polio vaccine to target children braves the difficult and perilous journey to reach their destinations during the first round of "Sabayang Patak Kontra Polio" in the province of Laguna which was conducted from August 3-17, 2020