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Germany makes measles vaccination compulsory for children

Jul 17, 2019 - 7:06 PM

Children will only be admitted to kindergarten or school if they have had the vaccinations. These vaccinations will also be compulsory for staff in day-care centers, educational institutions, medical facilities and refugee shelters.

DOH still far from reaching vaccination target

Jul 03, 2019 - 4:30 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says only 11% of the target vaccination coverage rate of 95% has been reached, so far

OUTBREAK NOT OVER. Community vaccination in response to the measles uutbreak takes place in the Baseco, Manila on February 16, 2019. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

DOH to vaccinate 9 million schoolchildren

Jul 03, 2019 - 3:00 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says the 9 million children are crucial to achieving the target vaccination coverage 5 months after a measles outbreak was declared

VACCINE PROGRAM. The Department of Health relaunches its school based immunization program on July 3, 2019 at the Signal Village National High School, Taguig City. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

Curacao vows to stop measles spreading from Scientology ship

May 05, 2019 - 8:41 AM

The Curacao government says it will 'take all necessary precautions to handle the case of measles on board of the Freewinds,' including vaccinations

Aerial view of the Freewinds, a Scientology cruise ship anchored in Willemstad, Curacao, on May 4, 2019, upon arrival from St Lucia, where it had been quarantined because of a measles case. Photo by Raino Mauricia/AFP

DOH to declare measles outbreak over only when vaccination target reached

Apr 29, 2019 - 4:39 PM

Health officials want to reach vaccination coverage of 95% or over 13 million people

OUTBREAK RESPONSE. Health workers continue to vaccinate children after the Department of Health declared a measles outbreak several regions in the country. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Dozens quarantined in California after measles exposure

Apr 26, 2019 - 2:34 PM

The Department of Public Health says hundreds of students and staff at the University of California Los Angeles and California State University had been exposed to a measles carrier earlier this month

Global measles cases up 300% year-on-year – World Health Organization

Apr 15, 2019 - 11:59 PM

Measles, which is highly contagious, can be entirely prevented through a two-dose vaccine, but the World Health Organization is sounding the alarm over slipping global vaccination rates

Measles cases decreasing but outbreak not yet over – Duque

Apr 10, 2019 - 7:20 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says the health department still needs to reach its target vaccination coverage of 95%

OUTBREAK NOT OVER. Patients stricken with measles overflowed the pediatric ward of San Lazaro Hospital in Manila during the first few weeks of the outbreak in February 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Hundreds vaccinated after measles emergency in New York

Mar 30, 2019 - 3:54 PM

The state of emergency comes during a US surge in measles cases, linked to an anti-vaccination movement

OUTBREAK. Rockland county in New York declares a state of emergency over measles outbreak. Image via Shutterstock

Measles: Nearly wiped-out, on the rise again

Mar 27, 2019 - 9:31 PM

The United Nations says worldwide cases of measles jumped by more than 30% in 2017, and infections continued to rise in 2018

MEASLES ON THE RISE. This file photo shows patients stricken with measles inside the pediatric ward of San Lazaro Hospital in Manila on February 11, 2019. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

DOH holds emergency meeting on high measles cases in Rizal

Mar 20, 2019 - 3:28 PM

Health officials say 2,737 measles cases and 121 deaths in Rizal province were recorded from January 1 to March 19, nearly half of the total cases in Calabazon for that period

EMERGENCY CONFERENCE. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III asks local officials step up immunization efforts in Rizal province. Photo from DOH Calabarzon

Over half of infants, toddlers in measles immunization program now vaccinated

Mar 11, 2019 - 4:37 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says 54% of children 6 to 59 months old – the DOH's priority group for immunization – have been vaccinated against the highly contagious disease

FIGHTING MEASLES. Health workers vaccinate children in Baseco, Tondo on February 11, 2019 after the Department of Health declared a measles outbreak in Metro Manila. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Madagascar battles killer measles outbreak

Mar 10, 2019 - 6:30 PM

Doctors say people's reluctance to go to hospitals and opposition to vaccinations make it difficult to curb measles cases in Madagascar

In this photograph taken on February 27, 2019, Soa Robethine (C) and her two year-old daughter Frangeline who is sick with measles are treated at a Basic Health Centre Level 2 (CSB 2) in the village of Anivorano, North Antsiranana on the outskirts of Antsiranana. - At least 926 children and young adults have died of measles in Madagascar since October, despite a huge emergency vaccination program, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). Measles is a highly contagious viral disease that can cause complications including blindness and brain swelling and increase susceptibility to other diseases. (Photo by Mamyrael / AFP)

DOH monitors rise in dengue cases amid measles outbreak

Mar 08, 2019 - 8:52 PM

Health Secretary Francico Duque urges the public to search for and destroy possible breeding grounds for mosquitoes to avoid possible dengue cases in communities

CASES INCREASING. The DOH says over 30,000 cases of dengue have been recorded as of February 23, 2019. Photo from Shutterstock

Facebook launches offensive to combat misinformation on vaccines

Mar 08, 2019 - 2:08 PM

The company responds to pressure in recent weeks to tackle the problem, amid outbreaks of measles

Large study again confirms MMR vaccine does not cause autism

Mar 06, 2019 - 9:51 AM

This study follows more than 650,000 Danish children for over a decade has led researchers to the same conclusion as previous efforts: the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine does not increase a child's risk of autism

A child reacts during a Philippine Read Cross Measles Outbreak Vaccination Response in Baseco compound, a slum area in Manila on February 16, 2019. - A growing measles outbreak in the Philippines killed at least 25 people last month, officials said, putting some of the blame on mistrust stoked by a scare over an anti-dengue fever vaccine. (Photo by Noel CELIS / AFP)

PH among top countries with highest increase in measles cases – Unicef

Mar 04, 2019 - 2:06 PM

Unicef Executive Director Henrietta Fore warns 'alarmingly high levels' of measles cases worldwide will have 'disastrous consequences' for children if not enough is done to strengthen immunization campaigns

HOSPITALIZED. Patients stricken with measles fill the pediatric ward of the San Lazaro Hospital in Manila on February 11, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Measles cases now found in nearly every province in PH

Feb 27, 2019 - 7:06 PM

EXCLUSIVE: There are only two provinces and one city that have been spared so far. How is the government trying to control the spread of the disease?

CASES SPREADING. Amid a measles outbreak declares in several regions, cases were now seen in nearly every province in the country. Photos from Shutterstock

Still not enough people getting measles vaccine, says DOH

Feb 26, 2019 - 7:30 PM

The Department of Health reiterates that the measles vaccine is safe and that the necessary doses are ready for its mass immunization campaign

PROTECTION. Barangay Payatas community health workers hold a house to house measles vaccinations  after the Department of Health (DOH) announced an outbreak in several regions in the country. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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Feb 23, 2019 - 7:59 PM

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HOMECOMING. Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray blows a kiss to well wishers during a homecoming parade in Makati City on February 21, 2019. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

As measles cases rise, DOH proposes 'no vaccination, no enrollment' policy

Feb 23, 2019 - 8:54 AM

Education Secretary Leonor Briones says the DepEd will review the proposal while considering the right of students to learn and access to quality basic education

VACCINATE FIRST. Health workers vaccinate children in Baseco, Tondo on February 11, 2019 after the Department of Health declare a measles outbreak in Metro Manila. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

[OPINION] Mistrust in vaccination reflects mistrust in broken health system

Feb 19, 2019 - 10:17 AM

The fear stoked by the lack of accountability cannot be quelled by diverting the issue from the root cause of the alleged hysteria, especially when there have been gaps in achieving vaccination targets for several years

Photo from shutterstock

Why are measles cases still rising? Duque explains

Feb 18, 2019 - 6:55 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says cases are only expected to subside once the government achieves its target of 95% vaccination coverage

OUTBREAK CONTROL. Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque visit the measles patients at San Lazaro Hospital in Manila on February 13, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Measles cases breach 8,000-mark over a week since outbreak

Feb 18, 2019 - 5:00 PM

DOH says the number of deaths has climbed to 136, nearly double the number in just 7 days

TREATMENT. Measles patients crowd the Pediatric ward of the San Lazaro Hospital in Manila on February 7, 2019 after a measles outbreak was declared in several regions in the country. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

LOOK: Measles vaccination in tents, fast-food chains

Feb 17, 2019 - 2:10 PM

The government targets to vaccinate about 12 million Filipinos against measles through its mass immunization campaign

MORE SPACE. Measles patients stay at the Red cross missiles care unit at San Lazaro in Manila on 13 February 2019. Photo by: Lito Borras/Rappler

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Feb 16, 2019 - 5:54 PM

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WE ARE MARIA. Students and rights activists picket the NBI headquarters in Manila where Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa is detained following her arrest for the charge of cyberlibel on February 13, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

DOH records 40 deaths in Calabarzon measles outbreak

Feb 16, 2019 - 9:36 AM

Antipolo City in Rizal has recorded the highest number of measles cases in the region

MEASLES OUTBREAK. A health worker prepares to vaccinate a child. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

WHO warns of 'backsliding' in measles fight as cases soar worldwide

Feb 15, 2019 - 7:56 AM

This is frustrating since the disease can be easily prevented with two doses of a 'safe and efficient' vaccine that has been in use since the 1960s, the UN agency says

WHO warns of 'backsliding' in measles fight as cases soar Health | measles | UN associated with x Geneva, Switzerland | AFP | Thursday 2/15/2019 - 04:06 UTC+8 | 510 words   ADDS MADAGASCAR FIGURES  The World Health Organization warned Thursday that efforts to halt the spread of measles were "backsliding", with case numbers worldwide surging around 50 percent last year.  AFP

DOH, DepEd create task force for measles outbreak response in schools

Feb 14, 2019 - 9:56 PM

The Department of Health is targeting to vaccinate some 7 million children from kindergarten to Grade 7

OUTBREAK RESPONSE. Health workers vaccinate children below 5 years old and below after the DOH announced a measles outbreak. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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Feb 13, 2019 - 9:02 PM

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Measles cases in Philippines still rising – Duque

Feb 13, 2019 - 6:21 PM

The health department has tapped other government agencies to help conduct a mass immunization campaign in response to the outbreak

OUTBREAK RESPONSE. Health Secretary Francisco Duque inspects tents set up to treat the influx of measles patients at San Lazaro Hospital in Manila on 13 February 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Gov't conducts mass immunization campaign to fight measles outbreak

Feb 13, 2019 - 4:01 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque says government efforts are focused in completing the mass immunization in the quickest possible time

VACCINATION EFFORTS. Health workers administer house-to-house measles vaccinations to children in Payatas, Quezon City on Thursday, February 7, 2019.  Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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Feb 12, 2019 - 9:50 PM

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Love trumps fear: Payatas parents get babies vaccinated

Feb 12, 2019 - 8:45 PM

Some mothers choose to get their children vaccinated against measles even as their husbands remain wary of immunization

OUTBREAK RESPONSE. Barangay Payatas community health workers hold a house to house measles vaccinations after the Department of Health announced a measles outbreak in Metro Manila and other areas in Luzon, Central Visayas, and Western Visayas. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DOH Calabarzon creates task force to address increase in measles cases

Feb 12, 2019 - 7:30 PM

Calabarzon is the region with the highest number of deaths due to measles, as of February 10

PROTECTION. Health workers vaccinate children as part of immunization response activities after the Department of Health declared a measles outbreak on February 6, 2019. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

6 dead in Central Luzon due to measles

Feb 12, 2019 - 4:26 PM

Bulacan has the most number of suspected cases of measles in Central Luzon, followed by Pampanga, according to DOH Region 3

EXPLAINER: When should one get vaccinated against measles?

Feb 11, 2019 - 10:00 PM

Is the measles vaccine safe? Can adults get vaccinated?

PROTECTION. Barangay Payatas community health workers hold a house to house measles vaccinations in the barangay to children below 5-years old on Thursday, February 7, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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Feb 11, 2019 - 9:12 PM

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At least 70 deaths due to measles – DOH

Feb 11, 2019 - 12:00 PM

(UPDATED) The Department of Health says almost 4 out of 5 fatalities were not vaccinated for measles

Families with measles patients crowd the Pediatric ward of the San Lazaro Hospital in Manila following the declaration of a Measles outbreak in some provinces of Luzon and Visayas and the NCR by the Department of Health on February 7, 2019. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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Feb 10, 2019 - 12:08 PM

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NAKED RUNNERS. Members of the Alpha Phi Omega fraternity participate in the 42nd Oblation Run at the University of the Philippines, Diliman on February 8, 2019. Photo by Lisa David/Rappler

PhilHealth reminder: Confinement due to measles covered by benefits

Feb 09, 2019 - 5:17 PM

(UPDATED) Patients with no PhilHealth are also entitled to some benefits when they are confined due to measles

MEASLES. Families with measles patients crowd the Pediatric ward of the San Lazaro Hospital in Manila following the declaration of a Measles outbreak in some provinces of Luzon and Visayas and the NCR by the Department of Health on February 7, 2019. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Malacañang to LGUs: Get involved in immunization info drive

Feb 09, 2019 - 4:50 PM

Under the Mandatory Infants and Children Health Immunization Act, the DOH and other government agencies, NGOs, professional and academic societies, and LGUs must have information campaigns on immunization

HOME SERVICE. Health workers administer house-to-house measles vaccination to children in Payatas, Quezon City on February 7, 2019, amid measles outbreak in parts of the Philippines. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DOH records 508% increase in measles cases in Cordillera

Feb 08, 2019 - 9:45 PM

(UPDATED) The regional health office has monitored 79 measles cases in the region from January 1 to February 2 – more than 5 times what it recorded in the same period last year

Davao City measles cases down; adults to be vaccinated too

Feb 08, 2019 - 7:51 PM

There are fewer measles cases recorded in January 2019 compared to the same period last year in President Duterte's home city

Health workers on massive measles immunization drive in Negros Occidental

Feb 08, 2019 - 2:05 PM

Provincial Health Officer Ernell Tumimbang says health workers are going directly to communities and even schools to administer the measles vaccine to children

HOUSE-TO-HOUSE IMMUNIZATON. Health workers around the Philippines have gone out of health centers to administer free measles vaccines to children in their communities, after a spike in cases was observed in parts of the country. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Dengvaxia scare caused measles outbreaks in PH –Año | Evening wRap

Feb 07, 2019 - 9:15 PM

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Robredo appeals to parents: Vaccinate your children vs measles

Feb 07, 2019 - 8:55 PM

'Hindi ito panahon para sa pulitika o alitan, panahon ito para sa pagkilos,' says Vice President Leni Robredo, as the Philippines deals with outbreaks of measles

YES TO VACCINATION. Vice President Leni Robredo wants parents to vaccinate their children against measles. Screenshot from Robredo's Facebook page

Año: Dengvaxia scare caused measles outbreaks in PH

Feb 07, 2019 - 4:55 PM

'Pinag-usapan 'yan sa Cabinet.... Natakot magpa-immunize ang mga magulang [ng] mga anak nila,' says Interior Secretary Eduardo Año

SCARE BLAMED. DILG Secretary Eduardo Año speaks to reporters at the National Federalism Summit at the Manila Hotel. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

DOH: Measles outbreak expands to other areas of Luzon, Visayas

Feb 07, 2019 - 11:16 AM

(4th UPDATE) Health Secretary Francisco Duque III reiterates his appeal for parents to have their children vaccinated against measles amid the continued vaccine scare created by the Dengvaxia controversy

OUTBREAK. The Department of Health expands the measles outbreak beyond Metro Manila. File photo

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Feb 06, 2019 - 8:58 PM

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