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'Killer' cells raise hope of universal flu vaccine

Feb 19, 2019 - 12:24 AM

Researchers in Australia say that 'killer T cells' – found in over half the world's population – have shown in testing to be effective in fighting all common flu varieties

LOOK: Measles vaccination in tents, fast-food chains

Feb 17, 2019 - 2:10 PM

The government targets to vaccinate about 12 million Filipinos against measles through its mass immunization campaign

MORE SPACE. Measles patients stay at the Red cross missiles care unit at San Lazaro in Manila on 13 February 2019. Photo by: Lito Borras/Rappler

WHO warns of 'backsliding' in measles fight as cases soar worldwide

Feb 15, 2019 - 7:56 AM

This is frustrating since the disease can be easily prevented with two doses of a 'safe and efficient' vaccine that has been in use since the 1960s, the UN agency says

WHO warns of 'backsliding' in measles fight as cases soar Health | measles | UN associated with x Geneva, Switzerland | AFP | Thursday 2/15/2019 - 04:06 UTC+8 | 510 words   ADDS MADAGASCAR FIGURES  The World Health Organization warned Thursday that efforts to halt the spread of measles were "backsliding", with case numbers worldwide surging around 50 percent last year.  AFP

Gov't conducts mass immunization campaign to fight measles outbreak

Feb 13, 2019 - 4:01 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque says government efforts are focused in completing the mass immunization in the quickest possible time

VACCINATION EFFORTS. Health workers administer house-to-house measles vaccinations to children in Payatas, Quezon City on Thursday, February 7, 2019.  Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

EXPLAINER: When should one get vaccinated against measles?

Feb 11, 2019 - 10:00 PM

Is the measles vaccine safe? Can adults get vaccinated?

PROTECTION. Barangay Payatas community health workers hold a house to house measles vaccinations in the barangay to children below 5-years old on Thursday, February 7, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Health workers on massive measles immunization drive in Negros Occidental

Feb 08, 2019 - 2:05 PM

Provincial Health Officer Ernell Tumimbang says health workers are going directly to communities and even schools to administer the measles vaccine to children

HOUSE-TO-HOUSE IMMUNIZATON. Health workers around the Philippines have gone out of health centers to administer free measles vaccines to children in their communities, after a spike in cases was observed in parts of the country. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Vaccine scare: PAO chief not to blame for 'impassioned advocacy,' says Panelo

Feb 07, 2019 - 6:20 PM

Malacañang says it would be up to PAO chief Persida Acosta to act on claims that her handling of the Dengvaxia controversy discouraged parents from having their kids vaccinated against measles

Senate hearing for Dengvaxia case. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

IN NUMBERS: Global HIV/AIDS cases still on the rise

Dec 01, 2018 - 3:14 PM

The number of HIV-positive individuals continues to rise globally despite maximum efforts done to suppress the disease

WIDESPREAD. HIV/AIDS continues to persist despite measures taken to suppress the virus. Photo from Shutterstock

Measles cases rise 30% worldwide – WHO

Nov 30, 2018 - 4:52 PM

Martin Friede, WHO's director of immunization, vaccines and biologicals says that 'supposed experts making accusations against the vaccine without any evidence' has had an impact on parents' decisions

We are losing these 'old friends'

Jul 01, 2018 - 11:00 AM

There is a deep, biological reason why we gravitate toward rural areas when we need a break from our frenzied city lives

Strengthened HIV-AIDS policy nears becoming a law

May 21, 2018 - 6:28 PM

The Senate and House approve the bill seeking to strengthen government policy on the prevention and control of HIV-AIDS

File photo by George Moya/Rappler

DOH launches 'Ligtas Tigdas' as measles cases rise to 723

Apr 12, 2018 - 2:40 PM

The Department of health will hold supplemental measles vaccination drives for children 4 years old and below in Metro Manila and parts of Mindanao from April to June

MEASLES VACCINE. The DOH launches a new strategy to help address the rising cases of measles in the country

19 senators call for protection of Senate speeches amid Trillanes case

Mar 21, 2018 - 5:44 PM

'The Senate must thwart any attempt to diminish its members' constitutionally guaranteed right to parliamentary immunity,' 19 senators say in filing Senate Resolution No. 697

The Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs headed by Sen. Panfilo Lacson on March 6, 2017 investigating the existence of the Davao Death Squad.

Gordon vows ‘hard-hitting’ report as Senate ends Dengvaxia probe

Mar 13, 2018 - 3:42 PM

'This sad part of our history will never be repeated again by the very sentinel, by the very guardians, of our health, the Department of Health,' says Senate blue ribbon committee chairman Richard Gordon

DENGVAXIA PROBE. Senate conducts 7th hearing on the dengue vaccine controversy. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

FAST FACTS: Ano ang tigdas at paano ito maiiwasan?

Mar 03, 2018 - 8:30 PM

(UPDATED) Puwedeng magdulot ang tigdas ng iba pang komplikasyon sa pasyenteng mayroon nito, pero maaari itong maiwasan sa pamamagitan ng pagpapabakuna

OUTBREAK. Nagdeklara ang Department of Health ng 'outbreak' ng tigdas sa isang barangay sa Taguig. Larawan mula sa Shutterstock

FAST FACTS: What is measles and how can it be prevented?

Mar 01, 2018 - 9:51 PM

(UPDATED) Measles may cause more complications in an infected patient but these can be prevented through vaccination

OUTBREAK. DOH declares a measles outbreak in a barangay in Taguig City. Shutterstock image

Measles outbreak declared in Zamboanga City

Feb 24, 2018 - 4:05 PM

(UPDATED) The health department intensifies its immunization campaign that suffered a setback from the dengue vaccine controversy

OUTBREAK. The Department of Health declares a measles outbreak in Zamboanga City due to low vaccine coverage. Shutterstock image

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Dengvaxia hysteria: Go back to the core issue

Feb 12, 2018 - 9:00 AM

We should train the spotlight again on past officials who rushed the purchase and rollout of the dengue vaccines

FAST FACTS: DOH's Expanded Program on Immunization

Feb 07, 2018 - 4:46 PM

(UPDATED) The Expanded Program on Immunization seeks to ensure that children, particularly infants, and their mothers have access to vaccines recommended for their age to prevent specific diseases

Duque: Dengvaxia controversy 'tainted credibility' of DOH

Feb 05, 2018 - 3:43 PM

The health secretary says at least 29 vaccinated children have died. The causes of all these deaths have yet to be determined.

TAINTED REPUTATION. Health Secretary Francisco Duque expresses concern as more parents turn down DOH programs amid concerns over the Dengvaxia vaccine. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DOH to ‘complement efforts’ of VACC in its Dengvaxia probe – Duque

Jan 09, 2018 - 4:28 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says DOH 'cannot and will never obstruct' the efforts of the VACC and the PAO, and promises to provide them with the necessary DOH documents

COMPLEMENTARY EFFORTS. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III (middle) meets with VACC chairman Dante Jimenez (L) and lawyer Ferdinand Topacio (R) on January 9, 2018.

Davao fire, Dengvaxia, PH embassy in Israel | Midday wRap

Dec 27, 2017 - 1:47 PM

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DOH set to form independent panel for Dengvaxia review

Dec 26, 2017 - 9:05 PM

The Department of Health will also submit documents to the National Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday, December 27, for the probe into the dengue immunization program

Aquino, Garin, 7 others on immigration lookout over Dengvaxia

Dec 24, 2017 - 12:45 AM

The immigration lookout bulletin order comes after Gabriela filed a graft complaint stemming from the dengue immunization program that began during the Aquino administration

[OPINYON] Hinggil sa Dengvaxia

Dec 18, 2017 - 10:00 AM

'Sinubok kong isuma ang impormasyon mula sa mga mapagkakatiwalaang eksperto at institusyon. Layunin ko pong maibsan ang pagkabahala at pag-aalala ng mga pamilya.'

A health worker shows off used vials of Dengvaxia vaccine inside the storage facility of the local government health sector that was given to students during the school-based immunisation in Manila on December 4, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Sanofi's advisory on dengue vaccine 'miscommunicated'?

Dec 16, 2017 - 8:00 AM

Instead of worrying, doctors urge parents and even health practitioners to use this 'opportunity' to raise awareness on dengue

STOP THE SALE. A health worker shows used vials of Dengvaxia administered to students in Manila before Sanofi gave an update that the vaccine is risky for those who had no prior infection. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Duterte defends officials blamed for Dengvaxia controversy

Dec 13, 2017 - 8:25 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he would have probably approved the dengue immunization program if he were in their place

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Somebody has to answer for the dengue vaccine disaster

Dec 11, 2017 - 9:01 AM

Let's focus on getting answers to questions and identifying liabilities. At stake here are the lives of tens of thousands of children.

W.H.O. didn't recommend Dengvaxia for PH vaccination program

Dec 05, 2017 - 9:30 PM

The World Health Organization supports DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III's suspension of the school-based dengue vaccination program

RISKY VACCINE. Inspectors check out boxes of Dengvaxia, the world's first dengue vaccine. File photo from Sanofi Pasteur

House approves bill to improve PH's HIV, AIDS policy

Dec 04, 2017 - 5:21 PM

The House votes 188-0 in favor of the proposed measure

HUMAN RIGHTS, TOO. HIV awareness advocates light candles as they mark World Aids Day inside the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City on Thursday, December 1, 2016. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DepEd to monitor learners under dengue vaccination program

Dec 02, 2017 - 10:10 AM

The education department says it will also be 'actively participating' in the review and consultations on the program

DENGUE VACCINE. A health worker administers the dengue vaccine to a student during a school-based dengue immunization at Parang Marikina Elementary School. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

On World AIDS Day, Duque urges public to break stigma on HIV

Dec 01, 2017 - 8:43 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III calls on HIV positive Filipinos to avail of the free anti-retroviral therapy of the DOH

BREAK THE STIGMA.HIV awareness advocates join DOH Undersecretary Gerardo Bayugo, DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III, and WHO's Dr Rajendra Yada as they hold up HIV awareness ribbons. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

On traffic violations, Malacañang wants 'no special treatment' for congressmen

Sep 19, 2017 - 12:52 PM

Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella hopes lawmakers can 'bring themselves to the President's standards'

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella announces during a press briefing in Malacañang on February 14, 2017 that the Philippines was placed by the InterNations  as the 17th among the best nations in the world to raise children. The inclusion was based on the country's quality of education, welfare of family, and a child-friendly environment. KING RODRIGUEZ/ Presidential Photo

Immunity from traffic violations sends 'wrong message' – House opposition

Sep 19, 2017 - 11:42 AM

Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman also points out that the immunity doesn't extend to the drivers of legislators

TRAFFIC WOES. Heavy traffic builds up along Commonwealth Avenue in early August as the MRT-7 construction begins. File photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

#PugadBaboy: Admitting Guilt

Sep 08, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Immunity for Marcoses? Admit your sins first – Robredo

Sep 06, 2017 - 1:10 PM

Mahirap magpatawad sa isang tao na di naman inaamin yung kasalanan says Vice President Leni Robredo on the government possibly granting immunity to the Marcos family if they return ill gotten wealth

CONFESS BEFORE IMMUNITY. Vice President Leni Robredo answers reporters' questions on September 6. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Duterte, Kiko, DACA | Midday wRap

Sep 06, 2017 - 12:32 PM

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Duterte: If I were Marcoses, I'd return wealth for immunity

Sep 05, 2017 - 7:25 PM

The President wants Congress to craft a law that may include a provision granting the Marcoses immunity from criminal liability once they return ill gotten wealth

WATCH: 700,000 school girls to get free anti-cervical cancer vaccine

Aug 07, 2017 - 8:27 PM

The Department of Health widens the coverage of its school based HPV immunization program to female public school students aged 9 to 12 years old in 47 provinces

700,000 girls to get cervical cancer protection in schools

Aug 07, 2017 - 3:30 PM

UPDATED Female students aged 9 to 12 enrolled in public schools can get the HPV vaccine for free

PREVENTING CERVICAL CANCER. Grade 4 students at the Addition Hills Integrated School get free HPV vaccination from the DOH. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Bilateral ceasefire, Gabriela on Duterte, Flynn | Evening wRap

Mar 31, 2017 - 7:31 PM

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Putting a president behind bars

Mar 11, 2017 - 12:34 PM

If the criminal acts imputed on the President were committed when he was not yet a president he cannot be protected by presidential immunity

Harry Roque files criminal charges against party mates

Feb 16, 2017 - 7:10 PM

Kabayan Representative Harry Roque accuses his party mates of violating his parliamentary immunity when they issued a resolution removing him from Kabayan

THE COMPLAINANT. Kabayan Representative Harry Roque swears in his affidavit sworn before State Prosecutor Susan Azarcon. Photo from Roque's office

Rebels say gov't notice to cancel talks, JASIG 'improper'

Feb 09, 2017 - 12:07 PM

The NDF insists there is no fair and just reason for the government to terminate the peace process on the heels of a successful 3rd round of talks held in Rome

FAST FACTS: The JASIG in the peace talks

Feb 08, 2017 - 4:44 PM

What is the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees JASIG all about in relation to the failed peace negotiations?

Immigration put on alert over NDF consultants

Feb 08, 2017 - 12:36 AM

This comes after the Duterte administration terminated the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees upon the cancellation of the peace talks

President Rodrigo Duterte presides over the meeting of the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) peace panels on September 26. ACE MORANDANTE/PPD

Duterte gov't terminates JASIG

Feb 07, 2017 - 6:52 PM

UPDATED NDF chief negotiator Fidel Agcaoili says he finds the government notice odd because it only terminates the JASIG and not the peace negotiations but has the same effect

FOR PEACE. Some of the freed political prisoners raise their clenched fists as they hold a press conference at the social hall of the Episcopal Mission Center in Quezon City. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

1-year old child is youngest HIV patient in Cagayan Valley

Jan 28, 2017 - 9:08 PM

The baby is the latest addition to the 88 recorded HIV and AIDS cases in Cagayan Valley

Murder charges vs Duterte 'nothing but harassment' – Palace

Dec 09, 2016 - 1:01 PM

UPDATED Malacañang says President Rodrigo Duterte enjoys immunity from suit while in office

'PRESIDENTIAL IMMUNITY.' Communications Assistant Secretary Ana Marie Banaag reiterates that President Rodrigo Duterte is immune from suit while in office. File photo by Toto Lozano/ Presidential Photo

Matobato files murder, kidnapping charges vs Duterte

Dec 09, 2016 - 10:26 AM

The self confessed member of the Davao Death Squad a key witness at the Senate probe into extrajudicial killings also accuses the President of committing genocide and crimes against humanity

KEY WITNESS. Self-confessed hitman Edgar matobato during the Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights inquiry on the spate of extrajudicial killings and summary executions on September 16, 2016. Photo by LeAnneJazul/Rappler