Pertussis cases still going up — DOH

April 24, 2024 People's Journal 95 views

CASES of pertussis or whooping cough in the country are on an upward trend with 1,566 recorded infections as of April 13.

“Hindi pa po natin nakikita ang downward trend. Hinihintay pa natin pumasok ang epekto nung pagbabakuna,” Department of Health (DOH) spokesperson Assistant Secretary Albert Domingo said in a Bagong Pilipinas Ngayon briefing Tuesday.

He said there are 19 cases of pertussis with two confirmed deaths in Quezon City as of April 13.

On March 21, Mayor Joy Belmonte declared an outbreak of the disease in the city as it has logged 23 cases, including the death of four infants aged 22 to 60 days earlier that month.

Domingo said pertussis is a vaccine-preventable illness. Pentavalent vaccines protect children against diptheria, tetanus, pertussis, influenza type B and hepatitis B.

“Number one, kailangan mabakunahan ‘no, pero kung nag-aantay pa tayo, ang ating baby o ang ating anak, huwag muna natin masyadong ipahalubilo sa mga ibang bata kasi makukuha nila iyan eh,” he said. Philippine News Agency