Philippines battles spike in measles cases
Vaccine hesitancy has contributed to outbreaks of measles in the United States and other countries.It is also being cited by authorities in the Philippines as one of the causes for the recent spike in measles cases.
“Understanding and fear of the actual complications of a preventable disease can be powerful motivators when used properly,” he says.
On 21 February, the Department of Health (DOH) said at a press conference that it recorded 11,459 confirmed cases of the disease and 189 deaths between 1 January and 20 February.
“They are empowered to demand vaccines for the protection of their children and for themselves.”In Cagayan Valley, in northern Philippines, the number of measles cases shot up by 2,500 per cent since the beginning of the year, according to Rio Magpantay, the regional health director.
“Aside from the community public health centres, the vaccination drive is being taken to the malls.