Disease Breakouts as Vaccine Rate Plunges

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Chickenpox, mumps, and pertussis are the disease expected to spread because of the country’s plunging immunization rate, doctor warned on Tuesday, September 24, 2019.

The government declared a national dengue epidemic and a measles outbreak. Now, the Philippines is facing the comeback of polio after nearly two decades.

According to Dr. Edsel Maurice Salvaña, “We’re already getting reports of chickenpox, mumps, pertussis. Measles is just the most transmissible, a big indicator that vaccine rates are down.”

The country’s immunization coverage has dropped to staggering 40 percent last year, from the average 70 percent in recent years. Dengue vaccine scandal might be one of the reasons of this downfall.

The Director of Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at the University of the Philippines-Manila’s National Institute of Health says, that the government must strengthen education campaign to battle against the anti-vaccination movement.

The government record shows that the first polio case recorded in the country was on year 2000 and it was a vaccine-derived polio virus type 2. Silvana said, that this case was mutated from the vaccine. It only shows how the government should focus on increasing the vaccine rate of the country.

The country must achieve a 95 percent vaccination rate to prevent the transmission of the disease, Silvana said.