Immunization Matters: Help Us Stamp Out Vaccine Hesitancy in the Philippines

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Sittie Maronsing started this petition to Department of Health and

By last month, Philippines had started to face emerging cases of polio, dengue and measles which was alarming considering that after two decades of being declared by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a country that is free of the highly contagious and potentially deadly diseases, Polio, Dengue, Measles and Meningococcemia outbreaks had started emerging again all in the same year with a drastic widespread movement all over the country.

It is said that the Department of Health (DOH) warned the public that other cases of infectious diseases have emerged in some parts of the country due to low vaccination coverage, that’s why it enables such fast widespread of disease. Other than that, Congestion could also be one contributing factor, it is said that diseases like these are most likely to occur in tightly crowded places which undergoes low and poor maintenance, for example, rural and suburban areas or marginal settlements.

However, a decline in public confidence in vaccines became a larger trend in the Philippines. Misconceptions and misinformation about vaccines were only part of the problem. Supply and demand challenges, problems with vaccine management and forecasting, an inadequate number of health workers, and poverty all contributed to a health crisis that shows no signs of abating.

Immunization is the best way to help save young children from diseases. Based from the recent tragedy in the Philippines, it is but the only right thing to start taking action and to accept the fact that it is necessary to immunize children, preferably, as young as possible.

The Philippines, according to Republic Act no. 10152 or the Mandatory Basic Immunization Act, states that immunization for tuberculosis, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis polio, measles, mumps, German measles, Hepatitis-B, and H. Influenza Type B are mandatory and free at any government hospital or health center to infants and children up to five years of age. As sad as it is, even though we have the law that mandates immunization for specified diseases, our country lacks on the implementation, accessibility and maintenance on this said mandated law.

We, Felicity Abastillas, Martha Jesena and Sittie Maronsing of Grade 11-St. Albert the Great (STEM), are asking for your help, to sign this petition, to spread awareness and to help us address the situation at hand. We seek for the Implementation, Accessibility and Maintenance of Vaccines nationwide. For diseases that deem to be incurable, Immunization is the only solution to prevent re-occurrences and emergence of these said diseases. A life is a life and it is as important as it can be, it is a right of a person to live and to have accessible healthcare despite social and economical status being a hindrance. We aim to address this current issue to health care centers, DOH, DSWD, DepEd, WHO, LGUs, UNICEF and the Philippine Government itself, to take immediate action to stop the health crisis that our country is facing today.

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