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MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The Philippines is prepared for a "worst-case scenario" following warnings that an anti-dengue vaccine administered to thousands of children may worsen the disease in some cases, a health official said Saturday, December 2.

Department of Health spokesman Eric Tayag said the country had already taken precautions against potential mishaps when it became the first country to use the landmark vaccine in 2016. (READ: Vaccinated Filipino youth now at risk of getting severe dengue)


The developer of the world's first vaccine for the potentially deadly virus, French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi, revealed earlier this week that it could trigger more severe symptoms in people who had not been previously infected with dengue.

More than 733,000 children have already received Dengvaxia, raising fears that many could develop the harsher form of the disease.

"The Department of Health is prepared for a worst-case scenario," Tayag told ABS-CBN, a day after the agency announced it was suspending its mass vaccination program.

Tayag said the government had been careful to only implement the scheme in areas where dengue was already widespread and had only given it to children aged 9 or older.

"They are being followed up for adverse effects following immunization," he said.

He added that the department, which had previously said there were no reported cases of worsened infection among those who received the vaccine, was also checking hospital records for severe cases of dengue. (READ: TIMELINE: Dengue immunization program for public school students)

Sanofi had said such acute dengue cases would not become apparent until about five years after vaccination, Tayag added.

Fast answers

Meanwhile, Vice President Leni Robredo on Sunday, December 3, said questions surrounding the government’s purchase of P3.5-billion Dengvaxia vaccine must be resolved soon.

“Kailangang masusing pag-aralan at panagutin iyong mga kailangang managot,” Robredo in her weekly radio show.

“Kaya tingin ko, as soon as possible, kailangang magkaroon ito ng kasagutan—ano iyong dapat gawin—at iyong mga nagkasala, kailangang panagutin,” she added.

The Department of Health earlier announced the suspension of its dengue immunization program, also ordering the close observation of those who had received the vaccination.

The developer initially said its Dengvaxia vaccine was "critical" in the fight against dengue, the world's most common mosquito-borne virus.

On Wednesday, Sanofi said that a new study has confirmed Dengvaxia's benefits for "those who had prior infection" with the potentially-lethal disease.

"For those not previously infected by dengue virus, however, the analysis found that in the longer term, more cases of severe disease could occur following vaccination upon a subsequent dengue infection," Sanofi said. (READ: Senate eyes probe into DOH anti-dengue vaccine in January)

More than 1,000 people in the Philippines died from dengue last year, out of more than 211,000 suspected cases, according to the government.– Rappler.com


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I remember the Dengue vaccine thread from a year or two ago and all the members who said they will definitely get their kids vaccinated. There are some good methods online to detox.

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Sounds like the vaccine is having a similar effect that those who have a repeat case of Dengue can experience  

Back when It came out I told myself and my wife “No chance in hell im giving that to my daughter. “

I then asked her pediatrician (who is a mother of young children herself) and she  basically said the same thing. 


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I read somewhere online the vaccine that is the problem, is not what they used to treat the kids here. That will take some research as it was from Gov.ph.

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Found this today.




The World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday clarified that it has never recommended to countries to introduce the controversial Dengvaxia vaccine to their immunization programs.

In a statement, WHO said such recommendation was not included in its position paper released in July last year.

"WHO's position on the dengue vaccine was published in July 2016, based on recommendations of the strategic group of experts on immunisation which met and published preliminary advice in mid-April 2016," WHO said.

It added, "The WHO position paper did not include a recommendation to countries to introduce the dengue vaccine into their national immunization programs."

Last week, Sanofi Pasteur, a French pharmaceutical firm and manufacturer of Dengvaxie, admitted that the vaccine may aggravate the disease in people who have not been afflicted previously by dengue.

At the time of the admission, more than 733,000 public school children aged nine years old and above in Metro Manila, Central Luzon, and Calabarzon received three doses of Dengvaxia, considered as the world's first dengue vaccine. The vaccination program was rolled out in April 2016.

WHO, in its statement, said the Department of Health's (DOH) decision to roll out the vaccine had been taken before its advice became available.

The group said instead of making a recommendation, its position paper "outlined a series of considerations national governments should take into account in deciding whether to introduce the vaccine, based on a review of available data at the time, along with possible risks."

The outline included:

Use of the vaccine should only be considered in areas where a high proportion (preferably at least 70 percent) of the community had already been exposed to the virus;

the vaccine should only be provided to people 9 years of age and above; and 

people being vaccinated should receive 3 doses.

"WHO acknowledged mid-April 2016 that these conditions appeared to be met in the 3 regions of the Philippines in which the dengue vaccination effort was already ongoing at that time — noting that the decision to roll out the vaccine had been taken by the DOH before WHO's advice became available," the statement read.

Nevertheless, WHO said it is supporting the DOH's decision to suspend the vaccination program.



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Surely to take a balanced view you need to compare the same number without the vaccine ...just maybe there are more deaths without but this logic seems to be ignored in all the press reports.

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It was rolled out at the Barangay level here first.... we decided against it... and so did most of my wife's family for their children...

Following that, alarmingly, the public primary school lined a lot of the kids up in the school one day and basically gave it to all of them!

Fortunately ours are/were in one of the private schools.

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