19 out of 154 kids died of dengue despite Dengvaxia shot – DOH

Of the remaining deaths, Domingo said 37 were “coincidental” meaning the patients got sick from other diseases and also happened to receive the vaccine. There were also 8 deaths that were “unclassifiable” as there was not enough information on the patient to make any sort of judgement on the death.

The remaining 2 deaths where patients had no available records for examination.

This is the second batch of findings from the PGH-DITF. Earlier in February, the task force reported 3 out of 14 cases they studied showed the children also died of dengue despite getting at least one shot of the risky dengue vaccine. (READ: No need to panic over Dengvaxia-linked deaths – Duque, UP-PGH experts

What’s the DOH doing about it? Domingo said heightened surveillance of children who got Dengvaxia is ongoing and will be done for the next 5 years.

The DOH is also eyeing some hospitals to become Dengvaxia specialty centers, where children who would be diagnosed with severe dengue and received Dengvaxia will be treated. Dengvaxia fast lanes remain open and a “no-balance billing” policy remains in place.

Apart from this, the P1.16-billion medical support fund for students who received Dengvaxia approved by Congress and is up for review in a bicameral conference between lawmakers in the House of Representatives and the Senate.

The Dengvaxia controversy started in November 2017 vaccine after its manufacturer Sanofi Pasteur released an advisory warning that its vaccine could cause a person to later develop severe dengue if he or she had not been infected by the virus prior to immunization. – Rappler.com

Sofia Tomacruz

Sofia Tomacruz covers foreign affairs and is the lead reporter on the coronavirus pandemic. She also writes stories on the treatment of women and children. Follow her on Twitter via @sofiatomacruz. Email her at sofia.tomacruz@rappler.com.