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From the Presidential Spokesperson – On the Dengvaxia vaccine anomaly

| December 4, 2017


“We will leave no stone unturned in making those responsible for this shameless public health scam which puts hundreds of thousands of young lives at risk accountable.” from the Office of the Presidentiail spokesperson Harry Roque.

More than 730,000 children, ages 9 and up, received one dose of the Dengvaxia vaccine last year.

Dengue is not considered as serious as malaria but it is spreading rapidly in many parts of the world including the Philippines. The virus kills about 20,000 people a year and infects hundreds of millions.

“Our present health officials are serious in carrying out their mandate to always guard the health and physical well-being of our people, which includes intensifying surveillance and evaluation of our dengue vaccination program.”

A new analysis from six years of clinical data showed that Dengvaxia vaccine provides prottection for those who already had prior infection. But for who have no prior infection could suffer from severe in the long term after vaccination.

“The Department of Health (DOH) is now working in close coordination with the Department of Education (DepEd) to monitor the thousands of students who have been administered with Dengvaxia.”


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