Julius Viczon de la Cruz of the Provincial Health Office disclosed that 66,870 under-five years old children in the province are targeted for the OPV Catch-Up Immunization
by the Department of Health.
Figure 2, Catch-Up Immunization
Schedule: Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) conjugate vaccine, pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, and tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis (Tdap), and varicella vaccine catch-up schedules were updated to provide more clarity.
A new policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends universal immunization with the tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid and acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine at the 11-12 year-age visit, as well as catch-up immunization
of older adolescents, to boost individual and herd protection against pertussis.
Any medical practice in which foreign children are seen should have on hand information about catch-up immunization
schedules and treatment of parasitic diseases, laboratory support for parasitic serology and a pharmacy that can supply antiparasitic medications, including liquid formulations for young children.
No changes have been made to the catch-up immunization
schedule published in January 2004 for children and adolescents who start late or who are more than 1 month behind.