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CHO: Dengue vaccine Dengvaxia not administered in Zamboanga

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The dengue vaccine used for immunization nationwide which the Department of Health (DOH) has already suspended has not reached Zamboanga City.

City Health Officer Dr. Rodel Agbulos yesterday confirmed that the Dengvaxia vaccine has not been administered to any child in Zamboanga City.

However, he said, private medical practitioners in the city could have used it to vaccinate their patients suspected to have been afflicted with dengue.

“It is now their responsibility to answer if something goes wrong with the patients,” Agbulos said.

The DOH has deferred the immunization after the French drug company Sanofi announced that the vaccine could worsen the disease in some cases.

In 2016 the World Health Organization had already reported the risk that is now flagging.

A non-governmental organization (NGO) said it had received information that three children who were vaccinated with Dengvaxia had died but the DOH said the three referred to by the NGO died due to causes not related to the vaccine, and Sanofi said no deaths had been reported as a result of the program.

After more than 730,000 children have been vaccinated with Dengvaxia the DOH halted its use when Sanofi said it must be strictly limited due to evidence it can worsen the disease in people not previously exposed to the infection.




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