Saturday, January 21, 2012

DOH includes ROTAVIRUS VACCINATION in the National Immunization Program

The Philippines made history last January 10, 2012 by being the first country in Southeast Asia to include rotavirus vaccination in the National Immunization Program -- Department of Health’s (DOH) Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) 

"This is a great day for the Philippines and for Asia because many countries will follow through,” - Dr. Tony Nelson, a professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and a member of Asian Rotavirus Surveillance Network

According to DOH Secretary Enrique Ona, they will start the campaign by providing free rotavirus vaccination for infants from the NHTS (National Household Targeting System) families who will be born from April 2012 to April 2013.

ROTAVIRUS is the leading cause of DIARRHEA in the Philippines and worldwide. It is HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS and can survive in the environment for a long time - for hours on hands and even days on solid surfaces – and it only takes a small amount of rotavirus particle to infect a child.

FYI: ROTAVIRUS peaks in cooler months. Its symptoms are Fever (0-2 days), Watery Diarrhea (3-5 days), Vomiting (1-2 days), Dehydration.

DIARRHEA is the second leading killer of children aged 5 years and below in the Philippines and worldwide. 

DIARRHEA is LIFE-THREATENING and repeated bouts of diarrhea in the first 2 years of life LEADS TO LONG TERM EFFECT TO A CHILD'S GROWTH and DEVELOPMENT

1. HEIGHT - growth shortage of up to 8.2cm by age 7 years 
2. FITNESS and ENERGY LEVELS - clumsiness
3. COGNITIVE ABILITIES - loss of 10 IQ points and 12 months of schooling by age 9.

ROTAVIRUS VACCINE is the most effective way to prevent diarrhea and is best given to babies as early as 6 weeks old up to 8 months of age.
It is administered orally with 2-3 doses, depending on the brand:

* GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) - 2 doses

* Merck Sharp and Dohme (MSD)  - 3 doses

"GSK’s rotavirus vaccine is currently licensed in more than 100 countries around the world and sold in 62 countries. It has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) and is the only rotavirus vaccine that received a pre-qualification status by the World Health Organization. In the Philippines, GS K’s live oral rotavirus vaccine is registered and approved by Bureau of Food and Drugs (BFAD). It is the only two-dose oral rotavirus vaccine that provides early protection to infants by 3 months of age." - GlaxoSmithKline Philippines

LET'S FIGHT AGAINST ROTAVIRUS by sharing and spreading the word to increase level of awareness among parents. SAVE THE CHILDREN!

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