Bulacan Governor Daniel R. Fernando has ordered vaccination of children against pertussis, also known as whooping cough, after two cases have been confirmed in the province.

The governor directed the Provincial Health Office – Public Health to actively search for cases and identify children with incomplete vaccinations or those who have missed vaccinations.

“Mayroon na pong bakuna laban sa pertussis at ito po ay binibigay nang tatlong dosis para sa mga batang nasa 1 ½ month, 2 ½ month, 3 ½ month old. Ang bakunang ito ay pandaigdigan nang ginagamit, subok na ligtas at epektibo. Ito po ay libre kung kaya’t agad na pong pumunta sa pinakamalapit na health center para pabakunahan ang inyong mga anak,” Fernando said.

One confirmed case of pertussis was reported in San Jose del Monte City and another one in Meycauayan City.

To further prevent the spread of the disease, Fernando urged mothers to breastfeed newborns, keep them indoors and avoid bringing them to poorly ventilated areas to strengthen their immunity and prevent exposure to other illnesses.

He also asked Bulakenyos to remain vigilant and seek medical attention immediately if experiencing symptoms of pertussis, and adhere to preventive measures recommended by health authorities.

Pertussis is a highly contagious respiratory tract infection that spreads easily through bacteria from breathing, coughing, and sneezing. Symptoms typically begin with a common cold, cough, and fever, but the cough can worsen within 1-2 weeks and can be particularly dangerous for infants and children specially for newly born babies who are still not eligible for vaccines, who may experience apnea, difficulty in breathing, and vomiting when infected.

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