Anne Curtis bats for immunization amid measles outbreak

Shiela Reyes, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 07 2019 07:42 PM | Updated as of Feb 08 2019 03:51 PM

Anne Curtis was named UNICEF national goodwill ambassador on Thursday. Shiela Reyes, ABS-CBN News

MANILA -- Actress-host Anne Curtis emphasized that now more than ever people should realize the importance of vaccination against diseases such as measles.

This after the Department of Health (DOH) confirmed outbreaks of measles in the National Capital Region (NCR) and in Central Luzon on Wednesday. 

“This is why it is important to have proper immunization and dealing with the parents and healthcare workers and centers,” said Curtis, , who was named UNICEF national goodwill ambassador on Thursday.

“It should be a priority because I understand that a lot of children are getting affected by the measles outbreak,” the "It's Showtime" host added. 

Unvaccinated young children are at highest risk of measles, an airborne disease that infects the respiratory tract, and its complications include severe diarrhea, pneumonia, blindness, and even death.

More than 2 million Filipino children are at risk of getting infected with measles due to lack of immunization, Dr. Ruby Constantino, director of the DOH Disease Prevention and Control Bureau earlier said.

The Philippines saw a four-fold jump in measles cases from 4,000 cases in 2017 to 21,000 cases last year. 

Constantino attributed the increase to the Dengvaxia scare which eroded Filipinos' trust in vaccines.