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Robredo asks parents to vaccinate kids against measles amid outbreak: Mabisa na, libre pa!

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Vice President Leni Robredo is using her status as the second highest official of the land to raise awareness about vaccinating children against measles amid the declaration of a measles outbreak by the Department of Health (DOH).

In a video posted on her official Facebook page, Robredo said it was important for parents to have their children and other family members vaccinated against measles because its complications can be deadly.

“Subok na ng mahabang panahon ang bisa ng mga bakunang ito, at walang dahilan para hindi ito gumana kung kailan natin pinaka-kailangan,” she said.

Robredo urged parents to bring their children to the nearest health center to be vaccinated against measles since it is free.

“Nababahala tayo sa mga balitang siksikan na ang mga batang may tigdas sa mga pagamutan. Nakakalungkot din ang balita na ilang bata na ang naitalang binawian ng buhay,” she said.

The DOH has declared a measles outbreak in Metro Manila and Regions 3 (Central Luzon), 4-A (CALABARZON), Region VI (Western Visayas) and Region VII (Central Visayas).

The drastic spike in measles cases is attributed in part to the immunization scare caused by the anti-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia, which the Aquino administration used in its mass immunization program in early 2016.

Instead of using the issue of measles outbreak for politicking, Robredo said everyone should act to prevent the situation from worsening.

“Bilang isang ina, hindi katanggap-tanggap para sa akin na umabot tayo sa ganito. Pero may magagawa pa tayo,” she said.

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