The Mati City Health Office targets to vaccinate at least 15,002 children as they prepare for their Measles-Rubella Supplemental Immunization (MR-SIA) this coming October 26 to November 25.

Target age for vaccination are 9-59 months old or those below 5 years old regardless of immunization status.

On August 2019, a measles outbreak was declared in the City of Mati after about 24 people were infected and two 1-year olds died in Barangay Don Salvador Lopez. By December, a total of 46 were infected. It was finally contained January 2020.

The MR-SIA in the whole city of Mati is aimed at preventing or interrupting the transmission of measles virus in the city.

Mati CHO will put up fixed post or modified fixed post, and will also send vaccination teams composed of vaccinator, recorder and guide to target houses. Every child vaccinated will be marked with an indelible ink on the left pinky.

Week 1-2 is the intensive phase for MR-SIA. CHO will do follow up and mop ups of missed and deferred children in weeks 3-4.

The immunization activity will end every 2 o’clock in the afternoon. To achieve the 95% total target in the end of the activity, CHO needs to immunize 50 children per day.

DOH said that measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus. It is transmitted from person-to-person through sneezing, coughing, and close personal contact. Its signs and symptoms include cough, runny nose, red eyes/conjunctivitis, fever, skin rashes lasting for more than 3 days.(CIO MATI)