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AFP mobilizes 6,000 relief packs to Cagayan 

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The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) held a send-off ceremony for military personnel transporting 6,000 relief packs to victims of the recent flooding in Cagayan Valley. The relief goods which include canned food, instant noodles, and water wer...

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Sotto asks victims of red tagging to file libel case

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DOH vows to contain measles outbreak

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The Department of Health (DOH) aims to achieve “herd immunity” from the measle infection through nationwide immunization, according to a report by Philippine Star.

The country can face a massive measles outbreak next year, with millions of children yet to be immunized against the disease, according to DOH national immunization program manager Maria Wilda Silva.

“We need to launch an urgent campaign to halt the measles transmission and outbreak in 2021,” Silva said at a virtual briefing yesterday.

Meanwhile, Mary Ann Bunyi, president of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Society of the Philippines, said herd immunity or having a large population immune from certain infection, could be achieved when 70 to 90 percent of the population is immunized through natural infection or vaccination.

“It does not mean that everyone has to be immune to prevent the spread of the disease, but the majority will protect the few susceptible people,” Bunyi said.

She said more than 95 percent of the population should have been vaccinated or had previous infection to stop any ongoing transmission of measles.

The DOH will conduct a nationwide immunization drive from Oct. 26 to Nov. 25, targeting 2.4 million children under five who are susceptible to measles infection.

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