Iloilo eyes herd immunity protection vs measles


Health officials in Iloilo province are looking at a herd-immunity protection scheme to protect residents, particularly children and the elderly, from measles.

The Iloilo Provincial Health Office recorded 18 measles cases from Jan. 1 to Oct. 6 this year, provincial health officer Dr. Maria Socorro Colmenares-Quiñon said.

Quiñon noted Iloilo province is supposed to be free of measles already (

Citing its data, the Provincial Health Office said that of 71 suspected cases recorded so far this year, 18 tested measles-positive by the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine.

Oton town has the most cases with six, and Pavia has three. Leganes and Lambunao have two recorded cases each.

Igbaras, Guimbal, Tigbauan, Miagao, and Zarraga towns had one confirmed measles case each.

Children aged six to 59 months in Miagao, Lambunao, Pavia, Leganes, Oton, and Pototan will be subjected to the outbreak immunization program, Quiñon said.

She added they aim to reach herd-immunity through wider immunization coverage.

Also, Quiñon urged parents to have their children vaccinated against measles, which she said may be potentially fatal.