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Even before Dengvaxia scare, Davao City had low immunization rate – Sara

Oct 10, 2019 - 12:28 PM

The Davao City mayor says they will conduct a massive vaccination drive on October 14 to immunize more kids against vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles and polio

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PH needs to strengthen routine immunization system – WHO official

Oct 02, 2019 - 11:38 AM

WHO country representative Rabindra Abeyasinghe says that in the Philippines, nearly 3 of 5 kids under the age of 5 are not fully protected against polio.

STRENGTHEN IMMUNIZATION. World Health Organization representative to the Philippines Rabindra Abeyasinghe stresses the need to strengthen routine immunization systems amid concurrent outbreaks in the Philippines.

Garin tries to block Atienza’s speech on Dengvaxia, tetanus vaccines

Oct 01, 2019 - 9:00 PM

Buhay Representative Lito Atienza's claim that the Dengvaxia scare supposedly caused the return of polio does not sit well with Iloilo Representative Janette Garin

CLASH. Iloilo 1st District Representative Janette Garin interpellates Buhay Representative Lito Atienza on October 1, 2019. Screenshot from the House of Representatives YouTube account

Malicious bots and trolls spread vaccine misinformation – now social media companies are fighting back

Sep 29, 2019 - 9:53 PM

Platforms like Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest are developing strategies to address anti-vaccine bots and to try to reduce their reach in the United States

At least half of parents of young children report having encountered negative messages about vaccines on social media. Photo by Alexander Dummer/Unsplash, CC BY

WHO, health orgs seek public participation in vaccination campaign

Sep 25, 2019 - 4:20 PM

Distribution planning and fighting disinformation are essential to helping the immunization campaign for the country, says a health panel

HIGH HOPES. WHO representative Rabindra Abeyasinghe says they are ‘convinced’ the Philippines can eradicate polio, since it has been done before. Photo by Michelle Abad/Rappler

LIVE: Senate hearing on the proposed immunization program policy

Sep 24, 2019 - 1:04 PM

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WHO accused of rationing Ebola vaccine in DR Congo

Sep 23, 2019 - 12:58 PM

'One of the main problems currently is the fact that in practice the vaccine is rationed by the WHO and that too few people at risk are protected today,' Doctors without Borders says

Recto urges DOH to boost immunization drive, 'triage' its budget

Sep 21, 2019 - 3:55 PM

Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto says 'at least 4 items' in the DOH’s proposed 2020 budget could be used to increase the national immunization drive turnout

'Polio vaccine is very safe,' DOH reminds public amid epidemic

Sep 20, 2019 - 1:55 PM

'Please, I beg of you, for the sake of our children...make sure they have proper hygiene and they get vaccinated,' Health Secretary Francisco Duque III appeals to the public as polio cases reemerge in the Philippines after 19 years

VACCINES ARE SAFE. The Department of Health urges parents to get children vaccinated amid the recently-declared polio epidemic.

Facebook rolling out new notifications to combat vaccine misinformation

Sep 05, 2019 - 7:51 PM

New pop-ups will be shown to the user on both Facebook and Instagram when a user comes across vaccination content

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HPV vaccination now part of school-based immunization in Albay

Aug 01, 2019 - 7:26 PM

The HPV vaccination will start in August in the cities of Legazpi, Tabaco, and Ligao

VACCINATED. Female Grade 4 students are given the HPV vaccine during the ceremonial vaccination. Photo courtesy of Mavic Conde/Rappler

Lift ban on Dengvaxia, doctors' group urges DOH

Aug 01, 2019 - 4:55 PM

'The Philippines has the highest incidence and death rate from dengue this part of the world. Yet it is the only country in the world that has banned it,' says Doctors for Truth and Public Welfare

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

DR Congo health minister resigns after replaced as Ebola spearhead

Jul 23, 2019 - 12:00 PM

'As a result of your decision to place the response to the Ebola outbreak under your direct supervision... I hereby submit my resignation as health minister,' Oly Ilunga wrote in a resignation letter to President Felix Tshisekedi.

EBOLA VACCINE. Nurses working with the WHO (World Health Organization) administer the Ebola vaccine to a local doctor at the town all of Mbandaka on May 21, 2018 during the launch of the Ebola vaccination campaign. Photo by Junior Kannah/AFP

WHO warns against counterfeit anti-rabies vaccines, serum

Jul 18, 2019 - 8:14 PM

The World Health Organization says investigations and laboratory analyses are ongoing to better assess the products’ risk to public health

RABIES. Dogs are the main source of human rabies deaths, according to the World Health Organization. Photo from Shutterstock

Germany makes measles vaccination compulsory for children

Jul 17, 2019 - 7:06 PM

Children will only be admitted to kindergarten or school if they have had the vaccinations. These vaccinations will also be compulsory for staff in day-care centers, educational institutions, medical facilities and refugee shelters.

20 million children not vaccinated in 2018: U.N. warns against 'stagnation'

Jul 15, 2019 - 9:14 PM

Last year, 19.4 million children were 'not fully vaccinated,' the World Health Organization and the UNICEF children's agency says in an annual report – up from 18.7 million in 2017 and about 18.5 million the year before

VACCINATION. A DOH health worker performs a dengue vaccination during a Dengue School-Based Immunization at Parang Marikina Elementary School on Monday. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

France has lowest levels of trust in vaccines globally – poll

Jun 19, 2019 - 1:31 PM

A third (33%) of French people do not agree that immunization is safe, according to the poll of more than 140,000 people across 144 countries.

Curacao vows to stop measles spreading from Scientology ship

May 05, 2019 - 8:41 AM

The Curacao government says it will 'take all necessary precautions to handle the case of measles on board of the Freewinds,' including vaccinations

Aerial view of the Freewinds, a Scientology cruise ship anchored in Willemstad, Curacao, on May 4, 2019, upon arrival from St Lucia, where it had been quarantined because of a measles case. Photo by Raino Mauricia/AFP

Measles: Nearly wiped-out, on the rise again

Mar 27, 2019 - 9:31 PM

The United Nations says worldwide cases of measles jumped by more than 30% in 2017, and infections continued to rise in 2018

MEASLES ON THE RISE. This file photo shows patients stricken with measles inside the pediatric ward of San Lazaro Hospital in Manila on February 11, 2019. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

DOH to start vaccination vs Japanese encephalitis

Mar 19, 2019 - 6:30 PM

After the Dengvaxia scare and the measles outbreak, introducing the vaccine once again puts to the test the Department of Health’s efforts to increase immunization rates

VACCINATION EFFORTS. The DOH announces it will start vaccinating children in Ilocos Region, Cagayan Region, Central Luzon, and Cordillera Administrative Region against Japanese Encephalitis. File photo by Jose Del/Rappler

Facebook launches offensive to combat misinformation on vaccines

Mar 08, 2019 - 2:08 PM

The company responds to pressure in recent weeks to tackle the problem, amid outbreaks of measles

Large study again confirms MMR vaccine does not cause autism

Mar 06, 2019 - 9:51 AM

This study follows more than 650,000 Danish children for over a decade has led researchers to the same conclusion as previous efforts: the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine does not increase a child's risk of autism

A child reacts during a Philippine Read Cross Measles Outbreak Vaccination Response in Baseco compound, a slum area in Manila on February 16, 2019. - A growing measles outbreak in the Philippines killed at least 25 people last month, officials said, putting some of the blame on mistrust stoked by a scare over an anti-dengue fever vaccine. (Photo by Noel CELIS / AFP)

The week in photos: February 16-22, 2019

Feb 23, 2019 - 7:59 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

HOMECOMING. Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray blows a kiss to well wishers during a homecoming parade in Makati City on February 21, 2019. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

'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

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

Love trumps fear: Payatas parents get babies vaccinated

Feb 12, 2019 - 8:45 PM

Some mothers choose to get their children vaccinated against measles even as their husbands remain wary of immunization

OUTBREAK RESPONSE. Barangay Payatas community health workers hold a house to house measles vaccinations after the Department of Health announced a measles outbreak in Metro Manila and other areas in Luzon, Central Visayas, and Western Visayas. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Davao City measles cases down; adults to be vaccinated too

Feb 08, 2019 - 7:51 PM

There are fewer measles cases recorded in January 2019 compared to the same period last year in President Duterte's home city

Noynoy Aquino questions House committee recommendation to sue him

Feb 08, 2019 - 7:41 PM

Former president Benigno Aquino III also links the Dengvaxia scare to the recently reported measles outbreaks in the country

DENGVAXIA. Former President Benigno Aquino III attends the Congress hearing on the controversial Dengvaxia vaccine on February 26, 2018. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

HPV vaccine is safe, says cancer agency, as it slams 'unfounded rumors'

Feb 04, 2019 - 2:14 PM

To mark World Cancer Day 2019, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) issues a statement in which it 'unequivocally confirms the efficacy and safety of HPV vaccination'

China disciplines 80 officials linked to major vaccine scandal

Feb 02, 2019 - 10:27 PM

China says more than 80 other provincial or local officials linked to the major vaccine scandal are either demoted or fired

CHINA'S VACCINE SCANDAL. A container used for clinical waste is seen at a private clinic that performs vaccinations in Hong Kong on July 24, 2018. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Duterte urges Filipinos to have their kids vaccinated

Jan 29, 2019 - 8:10 PM

The Dengvaxia scandal should not scare Filipinos from vaccinations against measles, polio, and tetanus, says President Rodrigo Duterte

FIGHTING MEASLES. Mothers with their children crowd health workers as they avail of the free anti-polio and anti-measles vaccination at a health center in Quezon City. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

PAO links doctor’s death to Dengvaxia, files 31st complaint

Jan 24, 2019 - 4:48 PM

Dr Kendrick Gotoc was allegedly administered with the anti-dengue vaccine in 2016, and died on April 22, 2018, due to community-acquired pneumonia

DENGVAXIA. The Public Attorneys Office (PAO) files the 31st Dengvaxia-related complaint at the DOJ on January 24, 2019, linking the death of 39-year-old physician Kendrick Gotoc to the dengue vaccine. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Dengvaxia sale approved for dengue-endemic areas in Europe

Dec 20, 2018 - 3:43 PM

Sanofi's vaccine is known to prevent the dengue virus in individuals who have been affected previously, but poses more risks for those who have not been infected before immunization

DENGVAXIA. The world's first anti-dengue vaccine was given to Filipino grade-schoolers under the government's now-suspended school-based dengue immunization program. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Post Dengvaxia controversy: Paving the way forward for vaccines, health care

Dec 02, 2018 - 8:17 PM

The health department gears up to introduce a new vaccine for Japanese Encephalitis and universal health care in 2019. Will the past year's effort at damage control be enough?

A year after Dengvaxia: Immunization drops, measles outbreaks soar

Dec 01, 2018 - 7:52 PM

In the aftermath of the Dengvaxia scandal, immunization rates remain low as the health department controls several measles outbreaks that are vaccine-preventable

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

Garin-allied pathologist discredits PAO findings on Dengvaxia cases

Nov 21, 2018 - 4:26 PM

Pathologist Raymundo Lo says the Public Attorney's Office made 'false' conclusions in its forensic examination of children who died after their Dengvaxia vaccination

Pathologist Dr Raymundo Lo. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

LIVE: House reopens probe into Dengvaxia controversy

Nov 20, 2018 - 1:40 PM

Lawmakers reopen their investigation into the P3.5-billion Dengvaxia purchase, saying questions remain 'unanswered'

Researchers see encouraging results in development of TB vaccine

Sep 27, 2018 - 3:27 PM

While the results of the M72/AS01 vaccine represent a 'landmark moment,' there is still much work to be done, such as testing in a larger number of people

Parents still scared of govt's free vaccines a year after Dengvaxia scare

Sep 27, 2018 - 3:02 PM

Health Undersecretary Enrique Domingo says only 50% to 60% of children are getting their scheduled vaccines and this results in outbreaks of preventable diseases

VACCINE'S IMPORTANCE. A health officer administers a measles shot on a young girl. File photo by Jose Del/Rappler  VACCINE'S IMPORTANCE. A health officer administers a measles shot on a young girl. File photo by Jose Del/Rappler

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

Sep 26, 2018 - 7:34 PM

But DOH Undersecretary Enrique Domingo says several tests and studies still need to be done in the next few years to confirm if Dengvaxia itself influenced the deaths

DENGUE VACCINE. A health worker shows off vials of Dengvaxia vaccine administered to students during the school-based immunization in Manila on December 4, 2017. File Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Duque silent as Garin sues Ubial for Dengvaxia mess

Sep 20, 2018 - 7:45 PM

Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque says he will leave it to the courts to decide on the former health secretaries' liability in the Dengvaxia controversy

UP TO COURTS. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque says he is not in the position to comment on the squabble between former health secretaries Janette Garin and Paulyn Ubial. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Garin sues Ubial for homicide in implementing Dengvaxia program

Sep 19, 2018 - 8:41 PM

Former Health Secretary Janette Garin says her successor Paulyn Ubial's decision to expand the Dengvaxia immunization program, which was launched during her term, 'contributed' to deaths of students supposedly linked to the risky vaccine

CHARGED. Former Health Secretary Janette Garin blames Paulyn Ubial for contributing to deaths of students allegedly linked to Dengvaxia. Janette Garin photo by Angie de Silva, Paulyn Ubial photo by Lito Boras, Dengvaxia photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Duque: 'Not appropriate' to declare emergency health crisis for students who got Dengvaxia

Sep 03, 2018 - 10:10 PM

'It may not be appropriate to declare because if we did that, we might spawn fear and more uncertainties and this can be quite unsettling for parents,' says Health Secretary Francisco Duque III

HEALTH CHIEF. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque lll on September 3, 2018 during the agency's budget hearing in Congress. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Viral post inflames public anger in China vaccine scandal

Jul 24, 2018 - 4:55 PM

The furor over alleged shady dealings by a major vaccine producer shatters an already fragile trust in regulators and illustrated the rising frustrations of China's increasingly sophisticated consumers

CHINA'S VACCINE SCANDAL. A container used for clinical waste is seen at a private clinic that performs vaccinations in Hong Kong on July 24, 2018. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Chinese president calls latest pharma scare 'vile'

Jul 23, 2018 - 9:51 PM

The mounting scandal stemming from a sub-standard rabies vaccine raises questions about the safety of China's entire vaccine industry and sends drug company shares tumbling

PHARMA SCARE. Vials containing the vaccine for rabies are seen as a local market supervisory authority official conducts a check at a hospital in Rongan in China's southern Guangxi region on July 23, 2018. Photo by AFP

Candidate AIDS vaccine passes key early test

Jul 07, 2018 - 8:52 AM

The candidate vaccine will be tested in 2,600 women in southern Africa to see whether it prevents HIV infection

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Singapore may deny entry of unvaccinated foreign travellers

Jun 27, 2018 - 7:46 PM

The Singapore health ministry proposes giving authorities the power to turn back unvaccinated non-citizens to the country they came from

MERLION BY NIGHT. This photograph shows the Merlion statue lit up in front of the city skyline in Singapore. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Aquino, Garin, Abad expected to face DOJ panel over Dengvaxia

Jun 03, 2018 - 5:35 PM

Former president Benigno Aquino III, ex-budget secretary Florencio Abad, and ex-health secretary Janette Garin are expected to submit their counter-affidavits to the Department of Justice

CRIMINAL RAPS. The Dengvaxia controversy continues to hound former president Benigno Aquino III and his administration.

Congress adjourns, fails to pass P1.16-B budget for Dengvaxia recipients

May 31, 2018 - 5:04 PM

Due to lack of quorum, Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon motions that the session be adjourned

DENGUE VACCINE. A health worker shows off vials of Dengvaxia vaccine administered to students during the school-based immunization in Manila on December 4, 2017. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler