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DOH to immunize 27T Capiz kids 

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By Jemin B. Guillermo / PIA Capiz Infocen

ROXAS CITY, Capiz, Aug. 7 (PIA) – Capiz is targeting more than 27,000 students for this year’s free immunization program.

National Immunization Program provincial coordinator Julius Vicson dela Cruz of the Provincial Health Office disclosed that the 2017 school-based immunization program targets to immunize 13,477 Grade 1 pupils and 13,602 Grade 7 students.

“These are the students in the public elementary and secondary schools in Capiz this entire month of August,” he said.

Dela Cruz said that as of August 2 report, a total of 1,779 Grade 1 pupils or 13-percent of the target pupils were already given immunization and 3,333 Grade 7 students or 25-percent have been immunized already.

The eligible pupils are vaccinated against preventable diseases such as measles, rubella, tetanus, and diphtheria, he said.

The nationwide school-based immunization program, which is already in its third year now, is a partnership activity of the Department of Health, Department of Education and Department of the Interior and Local Government.

“We call on the parents to support this program for the welfare of their children,” he said asking them to be present during the immunization of their Grade 1 children.

Dela Cruz likewise stressed that the government is logistically prepared for the immunization activity, pointing out that the vaccines are free, effective and safe.

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