The Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI)
in the Philippines
began in July 1979. And, in 1986, made a response to the Universal Child Immunization goal. The four major strategies include:
<li>Sustaining the polio-free country for global certification</li>
<li>Eliminating measles by 2008,</li><li>Eliminating neonatal tetanus by 2008.</li> </ol>
Routine Schedule of Immunization
Every Wednesday is designated as immunization day and is adopted in all parts of the country. Immunization is done monthly in barangay health stations, quarterly in remote areas of the country.
Routine Immunization Schedule for Infants
The standard routine immunization schedule for infants in the Philippines is adopted to provide maximum immunity against the seven vaccine preventable diseases in the country before the child's first birthday. The fully immunized child must have completed BCG 1, DPT 1, DPT 2, DPT 3, OPV 1, OPV 2, OPV 3, HB 1, HB 2, HB 3 and measles vaccines before the child is 12 months of age.
General Principles in Infants/Children Immunization
<ul><li>Because measles kills, every infant needs to be vaccinated against measles at the age of 9 months or as soon as possible after 9 months as part of the routine infant vaccination schedule. It is... Read More