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:
DOH Dengue Hotlines
DOH Central Luzon
DOH Central Visayas
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