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Why Are Childhood Vaccines So Important?

Every parents wants what is best for their children. We all know about the importance of car seats, baby gates and other ways to keep them safe. But, did you know that one of the best ways to protect your children is to make sure they have all of their vaccinations?

I always believe with the saying  “Prevention is better than cure”. As a mom of a six year old, I will do everything to make sure my daughter is healthy and protected from preventable diseases. That is why I made sure that my daughter had her vaccine with her pediatrician within the scheduled date.

Since we are in a lock down because of COVID-19, vaccination rate in the Philippines is now at an all-time low as Department of Health (DOH) official said. For this reason, the DOH and other medical experts are calling for continued immunization despite the quarantine explaining that the country could not afford an outbreak within a pandemic.

The DOH National Immunization Program manager, Dr. Maria Wilda Silva, said that from January to March, vaccination coverage has dropped to 7 percent which is an all-time low. This number is way below the ideal 24 percent coverage for the country to reach the 95 percent target by end 2020.

“This is very low because of the disruption from both the supply and demand side,” Silva said in the recent online kapihan of Samahang Plaridel.

The call for immunization is strongly aligned with the statements released by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF which also highlighted the importance of continuing vaccination at this challenging time.said that the benefits of immunization clearly outweigh the risks at this time.

“Don’t be afraid because children must get immunized. They are at higher risk of getting measles, polio, pneumonia and other vaccine-preventable diseases,” according to Dr. Lulu  Bravo said, Executive Director of the Philippine Foundation for Vaccination.

“Let us all be reminded that first, if children and other vulnerable sectors are not vaccinated, they can get sick and can die from these vaccine-preventable diseases,” she adds.

Silva shared that one of the vaccine-preventable diseases, pneumonia, remains the number one killer disease among children 5 years old and below.  The tender for the child pneumococcal vaccine—between PCV 10 and PCV 13– is currently being reviewed by the Health Technology Assessment Council (HTAC) for comparability and cost effectiveness.

Asked on the new evidence presented by the World Health Organization (WHO) saying that the two PCVs in the market are equally effective in protecting the children from pneumonia, Silva said:  “When we did the cost effectiveness analysis, they are both cost effective. The price of PCV10 and PCV13, they fall on that range na cost effective sila pareho. But, of course, there is another benefit when we chose the PCV13 because it contains te three serotypes that are not found in PCV10 before. But now with the new evidence, this was now presented to National Immunization Committee and then it was brought up to the HTAC for further review and we are waiting for the review.”

The PCV tender is massive, which is even bigger than that of the controversial Dengvaxia procurement.

“Currently, there is only one available pneumococcal conjugate vaccine available in the market (PCV 13).  It is a very expensive vaccine and its eating up more than 60% of the budget of the national immunization program. Mahal talaga pagis ang produkto lang ang nasa merkado,” Silva said.

The HTAC Review of the PCV vaccines is expected to be completed this June.

For her part, Dr. Mary Ann Bunyi, president of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Society of the Philippines (PIDSP), said that like COVID-19, each opponent virus has its own effective weapon of infecting vulnerable individuals, especially children which is why, vaccination is critical even during a pandemic.

“Sa ngayon, meron na tayong mabisang bala para sa tigdas, polio, tusperina, flu, pulmonya, pagtatae at iba pang mgasakit. So, labanan natin at sugpuin natin ito upang mapanatili nating malusog ang ating mga bata. Sama-sama, tulong-tulong tayong ihayag sa mga magulang kung gaano kahalaga ang magpabakuna.” (For now, we already have an effective defense weapon against measles, polio, pertussis, flu, pneumonia, diarrhea, and many other illnesses. We need to fight and beat these to ensure the health of our kids. We should all together make parents aware how important it is to get vaccinated.)

Vaccination not only helps to protect children but also it protects family members, friends, and the broader community by minimizing the spread of disease. Let help and protect each other by having our children vaccinated.

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  1. Ellaineparame
    May 19, 2020 at 4:48 pm

    Vaccine is very important tlga lalo na sa ating mga kabataan/babies.. Kasi itoy makatulong upang maiwasan ang paghawa ng sakit, at big help din ito para maging malusog ang ating mga anak..

  2. Kristel Yamzon Oliva
    May 21, 2020 at 12:06 pm

    Yes to this. Importante talaga ang vaccine sa bata. Kaso ngayon na skip ng bunso ko ung pang 1yr old na vaccine nya because of lockdown.
    Pero pipilitin ko talaga mapa bakuna sya this month.

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  5. Nemia Dorimon
    May 26, 2020 at 9:51 am

    Yes to vaccine talaga…as parents Alam mong protected Ang anak mo at Hindi ka mag alala …

  6. Jenny Cleofas
    May 26, 2020 at 9:53 am

    Npka importante talaga ng kumpleto tau ng vaccine dahil malaki role nito satin katulad ngaung my panahon ng pandemic,need dpat my panlaban katawan natin sa mga sakit at virus,lalong lalo n mga anak natin safety lagi ang priority,we should protect our loveones by being vaccinated

  7. Kennybell
    May 26, 2020 at 9:55 am

    Importante talaga ang vaccine pag laban ng mga anak naten sa anumang uri ng saket lalo nat laganap lahat ng uri ng sakit

  8. Maria Carmen Cristuta
    May 26, 2020 at 9:56 am

    Vaccines are so important,as a protection to our child lalo na ngayon na may mga sakit hindi agad nahahanapan ng cure

  9. Roxanne Alpapara
    May 26, 2020 at 9:58 am

    Napaka halaga po talaga ng bakuna sa mga bata.dahil ito ang magiging panlaban nila sa sakit at maiiwasang mag karon ng mga sakit na naka mamatay.

  10. Shiela Gatchalian
    May 26, 2020 at 10:00 am

    Sobrang mahalaga ang vaccine para sa mga bata dahil mahirap pag nagkasakit ang mga bata..Kaya ngayon palang dapat meron ng madevelop na vaccine para makaiwas sa sakit at maging ligtas sa mga viruses ..

  11. Ellaine parame
    May 26, 2020 at 10:00 am

    Tayong mga nanay ang responsible for this,kung ako man ay Ok ako jan sa Vaccine,anak ko kompleto natu ng vaccine…Makakatulong kasi ito para hindi madaling mahawaan ng sakit ang bby ko..Wag natin hayaan ang ating mga anak na walang vakuna..

  12. Christlyn bulacan
    May 26, 2020 at 10:04 am

    Napakaimportante ng vaccine para sa mga dahi sa panahong ngaun maraming sakit pa ang naglalabasan pra ma prevent at hindi malala kahit dumapo pa to

  13. Medelyn Aquino
    May 26, 2020 at 10:08 am

    Mahalaga ang vaccination kasi ito ang protekta sa lhat NG sakit.

  14. Mariya Bektorya
    May 26, 2020 at 10:11 am

    Schedule na ng vaccine tomorrow sa Health Center. Nagpa-bakuna din ako sa mga kids ko.

  15. Erica Sosing
    May 26, 2020 at 10:18 am

    Vaccination is very important for us especially to our kids Para Laban an ang mga sakit at mga virus na pwedeng magkaroon tayo. It boost our immune system. At nilalayo tayo neto sa mga sakit na pwede natin makuha. Yun vaccines hindi Lang ginagawa pag Bata ka. Pwde rin eto ulit in pag matanda ka. Like my twins may mga boosters na po sila.

  16. Jojie Viñas
    May 26, 2020 at 10:21 am

    Childhood for me is important because it helps my baby fight against certain diseases that may come in the future. My baby got immunized last Wednesday for MMR. I am so thankful.

  17. Katherine Parungo
    May 26, 2020 at 10:21 am

    Importante po Talaga ngayon ang vaccine. dahil ito ang panlaban sa mga sakit.

  18. Crisanta Alan
    May 26, 2020 at 10:21 am

    For me sobrang importante talaga ng vaccine/immunization para sa mga baby it helps to boost thier immunity at lalo na s mga sakit na polio at iba pa..Pero sa panahon ngayon na may lockdown kung pwede naman siguri iskip ang vaccine skip nalang mas importante padin kase ang health ni baby lalo nat hindi natin nakikita ang kalaban..Keep safe po sa lahat

  19. Dhel Manog
    May 26, 2020 at 10:23 am

    Sa panahon ngayon sobrang importanta na may vaccine ang mga bata ,Pinaka shield nila ito sa anumang sakit .Kaya dapat ang mga parents siguraduhin na may vaccine ang kanilang mga bagets.No worry na ako sa mga bagets ko dahil kompleto sila sa mga bakuna.

  20. Roxanne Aricaya
    May 26, 2020 at 10:26 am

    Needed talaga ang vaccine lalo na sa panahon ngayon.. lifetime protection na yan ng mga anak natin..

  21. Julie Vicente Suba
    May 26, 2020 at 10:31 am

    Vaccines are very important for our childs protection against diseases and illnesses kaya naman po we, as parents must be responsible para mapabakunahan natin ang ating mga anak. Mas lalo nilang kailangan ang vaccine ngaung may pandemya taung kinahaharap.

  22. Ge Ge Marzon
    May 26, 2020 at 10:37 am

    Prevention is better than cure,napakahalaga na mabakunahan ang mga bata para maging malakas ang kanilang katawan.Para magkaroon ng defense mechanism ang kanilang katawan to fight viral infection or any diseases.

  23. Bagay JayaMae
    May 26, 2020 at 10:38 am

    Subrang need talaga ng isang bata na ma vaccine, kahit na tayo mga nanay, nasasaktan pag tinurokan na😟

  24. Jennifer Indonilla
    May 26, 2020 at 10:38 am

    Need and important ang vaccine para sa mga kids para maging matibay ang immunesystem nila at may panlaban ang katawan nila sa ano mang sakit❤️

  25. Catherine Reyes
    May 26, 2020 at 10:38 am

    Vaccines napaka importante niyan satin lalo na sa panahon ngayon nakakatakot lalo na para sa mga bata, hindi natin nakikita ang kalaban natin kaya sobra importante ng vaccines ngayon.

  26. Madel
    May 26, 2020 at 10:42 am

    Yes to vaccine, importante yun para din sa ikabubuti ng ating mga anak.. ayaw naman natin silang magkasakit kaya i agree👍

  27. Madel
    May 26, 2020 at 10:45 am

    Yes mahalaga talaga ang vaccine para sa atin matanda na higit sa lahat sa ating mga anak kung ito ay para naman sa ikagagaling ng mga maysakit at hindi na dapuan ng sakit pa.. dahila mahalaga ang ating kalusugan lalo na sa panahon ngayon.. priority ko anak ko na hindi magkasakit

  28. Madel Atacador
    May 26, 2020 at 10:49 am

    importante talaga ang vaccine lalo na sa panahon ngayon laganap ang sakit.. mas lalo natin ingatan ang ating kalusugan lalo na ang ating mga anak

  29. bernadette escultura
    May 26, 2020 at 10:51 am

    i agree with vaccines. current available vaccines protect our kids in any preventable diseases in such a way that it lessen the severity of symptoms & the disease itself. this is also one way of prevention together with proper nutrition, hygiene and well-being.

  30. Gissel orbillo
    May 26, 2020 at 10:55 am

    Super important talaga ang vaccine sa atin lalo na po sa ating mga anak mamsh. Lalo na sa panahon ng may ganitong virus para hindi agad mahawaan ng mga sakit sakit na yan..para mas malakas ng immune system natin buti na lang mga anak ko complete vaccine sila.. prevention is better than cure ika nga nila.

  31. Rizajoy Beltran
    May 26, 2020 at 11:00 am

    This is important of our children .vaccinations is good for the immune systems to protect our children from and family

  32. Rizajoy Beltran
    May 26, 2020 at 11:07 am

    Kailangan pa talaga ng mga kids ang vaccines para Di mabilis makapitan nG mga Sakit like polio tigdas ..para narin MA protectahan ang buong pamilya..

  33. Jasmine
    May 26, 2020 at 11:15 am

    mahirap na po ang panahon ngaun maraming sakit na ang nagkalat kaya mas mabuti po kung may proteksyon ang mga bata at vaccines po ang pangunahing gamot sa mga ito vaccines na mabuting pinag aralan upang walang mapa hamak😊

  34. Christine Esteban
    May 26, 2020 at 8:10 pm

    Very important ang vaccine sa lahat ng bata kaya hindi dapat isawalang habala, para may panlaban sila sa kanilang katawan at di sila agad kapitan ng anumang virus, lalo na sa panahon natin ngayon laganap ang sakit na COVID19 kaya kailangan healthy and strong ang ating mga anak.

  35. Luc-Ed Abojon
    May 26, 2020 at 8:25 pm

    Vaccines is very important for our kids it is a way to protect our kids health . It can also prevent more than a dozen serious diseases .
    Failure to vaccinate may mean putting our children at risk for serious and sometimes fatal diseases .

  36. Luke Russel Gray
    May 26, 2020 at 8:29 pm

    Infants are particularly vulnerable to infections kaya importante po talaga na ma imunize para protektado po sila sa sakit. Immunization , helps prevent the spread of disease and protect our infants and toddlers against dangerous complication …

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