The World Health Organization and the Philippine Department of Health announced the launch of a joint campaign to vaccinate children against polio and measles.

Risk of infection

immunizationIn response to the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan, around 33,000 children are to be vaccinated in typhoon hit Tacloban City.

Huge numbers were left homeless, and many are surviving in unhygienic conditions in damaged establishments.

World Health Organization’s emergency relief team spokesperson, Tarik Jasarevic, said that in an “overcrowded setting, there is a risk of infection.”

Before the infection happens, Jasarevic said it’s important to prevent it.

Focus on children

The campaign specifically targets the children, as the WHO fears possible outbreaks of disease. The aim is to vaccinate all under fives in Tacloban City, with the help of the WHO.

More than a hundred medics are expected to work in the first day of the mass immunization program.

Around 40 will be from the Philippines, while the rest will be from mostly European nations including Germany and Spain.