Mandatory immunization for children

There is now mandatory immunization for children 5 years old and below.   Under Republic Act No. 10152, which was approved by the President on 21 June 2011, the mandatory basic immunization will cover the following vaccine-preventable diseases:

1.     tuberculosis;

2.    diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis;

3.    poliomyelitis;

4.   measles;

5.   mumps;

6.  German measles;

7.  hepatitis B;

8.  H influenza type B; and

9.  such other diseases as may be determined by the Secretary of Health in circular.

The immunization will be given for free at any government hospital or health center to infants or children up to five years of age.

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