According to the Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, a full immunization drive that began last week in the worst hit capital, Manila and four other provinces would contain the spread of infection by April. "No ifs, no buts, no conditions, you just have to bring your children and trust that the vaccines ... will save your children. That's the absolute answer to this outbreak," he told the Associated Press by phone.
‘Measles is a highly contagious infectious disease caused by the measles virus. Symptoms include fever, cough, cold, conjunctivitis (red eyes) and rashes.’
In metropolitan Manila where 12 million people live, the measles infections shooted up to 1000 percent in January compared to last year, said health officials. In a TV address, the President, Rodrigo Duterte warned of severe complications and urged parents to immunize their children.
Fear of vaccinations in the Philippines crept in 2107 due to an anti-dengue vaccine manufactured by a French drugmaker Sanofi which lead to the death of at least three children in the country. A government information drive is helping restore public trust in the government's vaccination program.
"It seems the faith has come back," Duque said that people's trust on government's immunization drive has returned citing the vaccination of about 130,000 of 450,000 people targeted for anti-measles shots in Manila in just a week.