DOH: Fear of vaccination behind polio resurgence

first_imgDOH secretary Francisco Duque III said theaverage polio vaccination from last year until early this year has been subparfrom its target of 95-percent vaccination rate. The Philippine government declared poliooutbreak on Thursday following a confirmed case of a 3-year-old girl from Lanaodel Sur. The DOH declared an outbreak after finding onepositive case of the disease in Lanao del Sur and after environmental samplesfrom Manila and Davao tested positive for poliovirus, as these are “consideredan epidemic in a polio-free country.” Duque said the DOH has started itsimmunization program last month and plans to expand it to other parts of thecountry to meet the vaccination rate target. “We have begun the immunization against poliolast Aug. 9. We began this campaign in Manila and we will be expanding thisjust to ensure that our vaccine coverage will improve to about 95 percent,” headded. The DOH said it found type 1 poliovirus inManila and type 2 in Davao. There is another type of poliovirus, type 3. Theirmain difference is the makeup of the outer, protective coating called thecapsid./PNcenter_img “The average polio vaccination has been at 66to 68 percent,” Duque said. “It is really insufficient. We need 95-percentvaccination rate of protection or coverage.” MANILA – The public’s fear for vaccination wasamong the possible reasons for the resurgence of polio disease in the countryafter nearly two decades, the Department of Health (DOH) said. “The Dengvaxia issue was one of the severalfactors that led to low vaccine confidence on our people in the villageimmunization program and increase in vaccine hesitancy among our mothers,” headded.  Health secretary Francisco Duque III (second from left) administers anti-polio vaccine to a child in Quezon City on Sept. 20 in a campaign to end the resurgence of the deadly disease. BULILIT MARQUEZ/AP/TIME.COMlast_img read more