They will be doing a door-to-door information campaign and immunize all children aged nine months to 95 months old.
Children are prioritized because they are most susceptible to the disease, said Dr. Eve Socorro Lim, Expanded Program Immunization coordinator.
The public is advised to coordinate with the barangays on the scheduled day of visit by health personnel in their areas so they will know when to stay home and participate in this nationwide campaign against measles.
The CDH will be deploying around 200 teams with three members; the doctor, the recorder and the vaccinator.
The target population will be vaccinated with MMR-booster vaccine, an immunization shot against measles, mumps and rubella or German measles.
The vaccines are free. The national government through the Department of Health allocated some US $12 million for the supplies and other works.
Of that amount, $1 million was donated by the Church of Latter-Day Saints.
Maria Chona Singco, a nurse of the DOH Local Health Assistance Division, said that they are also closely monitoring pregnant women who are likely to develop complications that might affect their babies when afflicted with the diseases.
Measles patients do not die of the disease itself but of complications.
Fatal complications include severe diarrhea, pneumonia and encephalitis.
For pregnant women, the babies may have congenital or physical defects or heart disease.
Singco said that expecting mothers must stay away from anyone afflicted with the disease to avoid infection. They must also take care and maintain strong resistance so as not to be easily infected with any types of diseases.
Symptoms of measles include three to five days of fever and rashes after that.
The number of people infected with measles is increasing yearly. In 2009, there were six cases recorded at the CHD, two are suspected while the rest were clinically confirmed.
In 2010, there were 22 cases of measles, 12 were suspected, one laboratory confirmed and seven clinically confirmed. As of the first quarter this year there are already nine cases, of which six are suspected, two are laboratory confirmed and one clinically confirmed.