LEGAZPI CITY – The Department of Health in Bicol Region (DOH-5) is urging parents to have their children protected against preventable diseases like measles-rubella (MR) and polio, as part of its supplemental immunization activity (SIA) in May.

In a statement on Friday, DOH-5 Regional Director Dr. Ernie Vera said the MR and polio diseases have no medicine and can only be prevented through vaccines.

“This region-wide activity aims to provide additional protection to eligible children in the region, and prevent MR and polio outbreaks,” Vera said.

DOH-5 said children can be protected against vaccine-preventable diseases.

“We need your support. Health is still a whole-of-government, whole-of-society approach,” Vera said.

DOH-5 is targeting to vaccinate some 1.4 million kids or 95 percent of eligible children in the region from zero months to 59 months. (PNA /By Connie Calipay)

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