The Department of Health in partnership with Mayor Oscar Malapitan and Caloocan Health Department guaranteed the health security of Caloocanians against life-threatening diseases in this rainy season, as approximately 25,500 Grade 4 pupils are targeted to undergo Dengue Immunization on June 23-24, 2016 in 56 public elementary schools in the city.
Mayor Malapitan said that the anti-dengue vaccine is worth P5,000 per shot or a total of P15,000 (3 shots) if administered in private hospitals, but this program is for free, so parents should take this opportunity to have their children immunized from the deadly disease.
The schoolchildren to be vaccinated simultaneously, all day long on June 23, are grade 4 pupils in Caloocan North ES, CADES, Camarin ES, Kalayaan ES, Bagong Silang ES, Cielito ES, Amparo ES, Pangarap ES, Pag-Asa ES, Silanganan ES, Urduja ES, Caloocan Central School, A. Bonifacio ES, Kasarinlan ES, Kaunlaran ES, Kaunlaran ES, Maypajo ES, Gregoria de Jesus ES, Gomburza ES, Caybiga ES, Sta. Quiteria ES, E. Rodriguez ES, and San Jose ES.
Synchronized throughout the day on June 24, the schoolchildren to be administered with dengue immunization are those from Llano ES, Deparo ES, Bagumbong ES, Bagumbong ES Annex, Congress ES, Sampaguita ES, Gabriela Silang ES, Sto. Nino ES, Star ES Unit I, Rene Cayetano ES, A. Mabini ES, MLQ ES, Tala ES, MH del Pilar ES, NHC ES, Dela Costa ES, CADES Unit II, Libis Talisay ES, Sampalukan ES, Lerma ES, Grace Park ES Main, Grace Park Unit I, Marulas ES, Bagong Barrio ES, Morning Breeze ES, Bagbaguin ES, Baesa ES, Libis Baesa ES, Talipapa ES, Cecilio Apostol ES, Bagong Silang ES, East Bagong Barrio ES, Tandang Sora ES and Cayetano Arellano ES.
60 nurses and all city physicians will be deployed to facilitate the immunization program.
The three doses of vaccine shall be given at six -month intervals. The initial dose will be given in June 2016, the second dose will be received in December the same year and the third dose will be injected in June 2017.
The first batch of dengue vaccine recipients received their first shot in April 2016. The second dose will be given in October 2016 and the final shot will be injected in April 2017. According to the City Health Department, 7,514 Grade 4 students or 30% benefited from the first school-based dengue immunization in Caloocan.
City Health Operations Head Leonisa Pantaleon encourages the Division of City Schools to intensify school governance in order to get the approved consent returns, enhance participation and achieve the target of 70% or 25,438 dengue immunized Grade 4 students.
Apart from the massive project of DOH with the City Health’s facilitation, Mayor Malapitan also announces the incoming health activities facilitated by the City Health Operations.
In July 2016 will be the de-worming of all Grades 1 to 10 students, and the annual Measles-Rubella and Tetanus-Diphtheria vaccination to all Grades 1 and 7 students in August 2016.