Rappler's latest stories on vaccinations
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
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.
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
Malicious bots and trolls spread vaccine misinformation – now social media companies are fighting back
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
Distribution planning and fighting disinformation are essential to helping the immunization campaign for the country, says a health panel
'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
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
'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
New pop-ups will be shown to the user on both Facebook and Instagram when a user comes across vaccination content
The HPV vaccination will start in August in the cities of Legazpi, Tabaco, and Ligao
'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
'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.
The World Health Organization says investigations and laboratory analyses are ongoing to better assess the products’ risk to public health
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.
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
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.
The Curacao government says it will 'take all necessary precautions to handle the case of measles on board of the Freewinds,' including vaccinations
The United Nations says worldwide cases of measles jumped by more than 30% in 2017, and infections continued to rise in 2018
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
The company responds to pressure in recent weeks to tackle the problem, amid outbreaks of measles
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
This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world
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
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
Some mothers choose to get their children vaccinated against measles even as their husbands remain wary of immunization
There are fewer measles cases recorded in January 2019 compared to the same period last year in President Duterte's home city
Former president Benigno Aquino III also links the Dengvaxia scare to the recently reported measles outbreaks in the country
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 says more than 80 other provincial or local officials linked to the major vaccine scandal are either demoted or fired
The Dengvaxia scandal should not scare Filipinos from vaccinations against measles, polio, and tetanus, says President Rodrigo Duterte
Dr Kendrick Gotoc was allegedly administered with the anti-dengue vaccine in 2016, and died on April 22, 2018, due to community-acquired pneumonia
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
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?
In the aftermath of the Dengvaxia scandal, immunization rates remain low as the health department controls several measles outbreaks that are vaccine-preventable
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
Pathologist Raymundo Lo says the Public Attorney's Office made 'false' conclusions in its forensic examination of children who died after their Dengvaxia vaccination
Lawmakers reopen their investigation into the P3.5-billion Dengvaxia purchase, saying questions remain 'unanswered'
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
Health Undersecretary Enrique Domingo says only 50% to 60% of children are getting their scheduled vaccines and this results in outbreaks of preventable diseases
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
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
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
'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
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
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
The candidate vaccine will be tested in 2,600 women in southern Africa to see whether it prevents HIV infection
The Singapore health ministry proposes giving authorities the power to turn back unvaccinated non-citizens to the country they came from
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
Due to lack of quorum, Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon motions that the session be adjourned