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Nov 25, 2013

WHO and the Philippine Government launch mass vaccination campaign

MANILA, Philippines – WHO and the Philippine Department of Health have launched a vaccination campaign to prevent outbreaks of measles and polio among survivors of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda)…The campaign targets children in areas hardest hit by the disaster – starting with the evacuation centres in the city of Tacloban and at receiving centres in Cebu, where evacuated families are finding temporary shelter. Children under 5 years old are being vaccinated against polio and measles and given Vitamin A drops to boost their immune systems. ..WHO worked with the Department of Health to finalize plans and procure all necessary vaccines and supplies to carry out the campaign and set up immunization stations…WHO is working with partners to arrange for the delivery of vaccines using gas-powered and generator-powered fridges, freezers, vaccine-cases, cold boxes and ice packs for affected areas that have lost power. This “cold chain” is necessary to keep the vaccines from being spoiled. USAID has sent 6 solar-powered refrigerators to Tacloban.
WHO – Humanitarian Health Action
WHO responding to health needs caused by typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) 2013 – Health Cluster Bulletin – 20 November 2013

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