Hawaii reports Measles; Guam DPHSS ahead of spread with April 29 immunization clinic

Department of Public Health and Social Services

Attention parents!

The Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services will hold a children immunization clinic this weekend at the Micronesia mall.

DPHSS announced its Childhood Immunization Outreach will be held on April 29 at the Micronesia Mall in Dededo.

During the event, necessary routine immunizations will be administered, excluding varicella and the COVID-19 vaccine.

Meanwhile, according to the office of the Governor of Hawaii, two cases of measles have been confirmed in Oahu.

Local Public Health officials are taking precautions in the event that it spreads to Guam.

In an interview on Newstalk K57 with Patti Arroyo, Dr. Robert Leon Guerrero, the Interim Chief Medical Officer at DPHSS, advises parents to vaccinate their children so they can build immunity.

He also informed on the symptoms to look out for.

“It starts off like a typical viral infection or runny nose with a slight cough and then they start having problems with the rash and real super high fever and vomiting and diarrhea,” said Leon Guerrero. “And again that’s usually what causes the demises that they get so dehydrated.”

All parents with children 4 – 18 years of age, with Medicaid, MIP, or no insurance are welcome to bring their children to the event, which will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 29.

Parents need to bring their government issued ID, the minor’s birth certificate and most recent shot record.

For more information, call the DPHSS Immunization Program at 671-735-7143.