MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) has released a public advisory informing parents what to do next if their children received the dengue vaccine Dengvaxia.
The advisory came after Sanofi Pasteur announced on November 29 that its vaccine could lead to “more severe” cases of dengue when administered to a person who had not been infected by the virus prior to immunization.
An estimated 830,000 Filipinos have so far been vaccinated from 2016 until the DOH suspended the program in December.
Amid confusion arising from the announcement, the DOH said severe dengue could be prevented by early detection and check-up.
“At the early signs of dengue, bring them to the nearest health facility so that they can be properly managed and further complications avoided. We also call on public health advocates to work with the DOH in finding solutions to resolve the current issue,” Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said on Thursday, December 21.
Here’s what you should do if your child has been vaccinated:
- Coordinate with the school or the Rural Health Unit (RHU) near you to determine if your child’s name is in the master list of the DOH. If not, enlist the name of your child for monitoring and surveillance.
- Inform your local government. The DOH, together with LGUs and the Department of Education, would closely monitor the health of vaccinated children in the years to come.
- Closely monitor the health of your child. If your kid exhibits symptoms of dengue, bring him or her to the nearest hospital. Symptoms include high fever, headache, retroorbital pain, body and joint pain, loss of appetite, vomitting, skin rashes. There is PhilHealth coverage for all those vaccinated under government-sponsored programs. PhilHealth case rates for Dengue I is P10,000; for Dengue II, P16,000. No Balance Billing applies to those who would be admitted to government hospitals.
- Call DOH’s 24/7 hotlines for any questions.
DOH Dengue Hotlines
DOH Central Luzon
DOH Central Visayas