Nationwide door-to-door measles and rubella immunization, Government's response to spreading measles outbreak
In response to the rapidly spreading measles outbreak, the Philippine government responded by launching a nationwide door-to-door measles-rubella supplemental immunization activity (MR SIA), with a theme “Iligtas sa Tigdas and Pinas!” on April 4, 2011. It lasted for 2months and targeted 18,651,791 children 9 months to less than 8 years of age. A total of 15,649,907 (84%) children were given measles-rubella vaccine. Likewise, administration of Vitamin A, deworming tablets and treated bed nets were integrated into the campaign in selected areas.
The WHO supported the procurement of the MR Vaccine for this campaign as well as provided both technical and funding assistance in developing field guides, campaign monitoring and the external rapid coverage assessments. The latter covered 8,156 sites or 3,255 barangays. The MR SIA resulted to a significant drop (87%) in the number of confirmed measles cases from 5,794 in January to June 2011 to 760 from July to December 2011 (Figure 1).