ZAMBOANGA CITY – A total of 39 officials of the Department of Education (DepEd) were immunized against measles as the School-Based Immunization program kicked off Monday in this southern port city.

Corazon Pagotaisidro, immunization program coordinator of the City Health Office, said Tuesday the officials submitted themselves for immunization to show the parents that the anti-measles vaccines are safe.

Pagotaisidro said the DepEd officials who got vaccinated included Dr. Felix Romy Triambulo, the City Schools Division superintendent.  

“This will prove the community that the vaccine is safe as the school officials were the first one vaccinated before the students,” she said.    

She said they are targeting to immunize this year 83,321 public school children from Kindergarten to Grade 7. This year’s immunization program ends on September 30.

The students from Kindergarten to Grade 7 will be immunized against rubella; Grade 1 students will be injected with Tetanus Diphtheria; and Grade 4 female students aged nine to 14 will be given the Human Papillomavirus vaccine.

The SBI program aims to protect the target student population against Tetanus and diphtheria, measles, rubella, and cervical cancer.

Tetanus and diphtheria, measles, rubella, and cervical cancer can be prevented through complete immunization although these are fatal diseases. (PNA)