MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health is looking into the recently released Harvard Medical School study on the possibility that children who are not inoculated with anti-measles vaccines may be susceptible to acquiring other kinds of diseases.
This is what the DOH calls “immune amnesia”, which impairs the immune memory of an individual who has not received the anti-measles vaccine.
The measles vaccine is capable of preventing the body from “forgetting” the immune memory that protects it against infections and diseases.
“If you do not get vaccinated and you get infected with measles chances are your protective antibodies which are already in your system will be reduced significantly or substantially,” Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said.
This is why the DOH continually reminds parents to have their children vaccinated, especially those within 6 to 59 months.
“For example, you had antibodies against polio pero wala kang antibodies against measles, nagkaroon ka ng measles infection, iyong measles infection mo will influence the downward reduction, the reduction of your protective antibodies to other infection like polio, diphtheria, pertussis. So talagang it makes more sense to really have your children vaccinated kasi mayroon ganoong problema,” Duque added.
To date, the DOH has recorded 98% anti-measles immunization coverage for children within 6 to 59 months. (from the report of Aiko Miguel)
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