Press Release

theAsianparent Philippines invites Filipino mothers to join Team BakuNanay and learn more about protecting families through vaccination

Hope all is well with everyone. Since it’s Friday, it’s my day off…will start my post with a quote from 10 Things I Hate About You…”I know you can be underwhelmed and you can be overwhelmed, but can you ever just be whelmed?” Yes, please, whelmed is good! πŸ™‹πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ But breath in and out, this too shall pass. πŸ§˜β€β™€οΈ Anyhow, I’m getting ready to write Episode 2 of my Covid Vaccine experience (what a journey!) and then this Press Release came timely. This just resonated to me, because truly I’m #TeamBakunanay . I’m obedient to a tee, just gives me peace of mind (priceless), my son, name it, got it all, so over the years, it made him super stronger and braver to needles. That at one point here in the US, he got 3 shots of different sorts in one seating. πŸ˜… So when I was feeling like a baby over my 1st and 2nd dose for Covid, he’s not buying it.

theAsianparent Philippines is building a safe space for Filipino mothers to openly discuss immunization with a new online community called Team BakuNanay.

Partnering with global healthcare company Sanofi Philippines, the regional publishing company and parenting community launched the private BakuNanay Facebook group last December as a proactive initiative to combat public health misinformation online.

Finding trustworthy information about family health is an important priority for parents, especially as questions over vaccine safety continue to persist in the country. In the Philippines, the Department of Health has noted the need to strengthen immunization efforts nationwide. With this new online community, Team Bakunanay is able to complement official health programs promoting immunization for vaccine-preventable diseases such as the flu, polio, and measles.

Sanofi General Manager Dr. Jean-Antoine Zinsou asserted that information campaigns necessarily go hand-in-hand with immunization campaigns. β€œCommunity support is so important to help address vaccine hesitancy. This is a great step towards building a healthier, and more informed Philippines,” he said. Meanwhile, theAsianparent Philippines General Manager Frances Ang shared that the group’s main goal is to support parents. β€œWe hope to provide the necessary support for those seeking information about how to best protect their families from these diseases,” she says. β€œThrough our BakuNanay campaign, Filipino mothers are encouraged to speak up and share personal experiences on how vaccines have helped protect their children,” she added.

One of the group’s first major activities is an open forum with infectious disease expert Dr. Lulu Bravo this February 10. Members will be allowed to ask the expert for advice and information related to vaccines. The group is administered by officials from theAsianparent Philippines who make sure members only share verified news and respectful discussions. The community currently has over 1.5 thousand members and is seen to be particularly helpful for first-time parents. Interested mothers can join the group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/bakunanay/.

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