Council seeks DOH aid for over 1K Dengvaxia recipients in QC

MANILA The Quezon City Council on Tuesday passed a resolution urging the Department of Health (DOH) to grant medical assistance to city residents, who were injected with the dengue vaccine Dengvaxia - as found on the master list of any school or health administrator, regardless of the number of doses received from public medical centers.

Authored by Councilors Precious Hipolito-Castelo, Melencio Castelo and Karl Edgar Castelo, City Resolution 7469-2018 states that after the vaccine has been administered to school children in the country, Sanofi Pasteur then announced that its dengue vaccine, Dengvaxia, can cause severe cases of dengue fever to those who have not been previously infected by the dengue virus.

Based on DOH figures, around 1,257 Quezon City residents have been vaccinated with Dengvaxia.

In December 2017, as reported by Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, the latest data from the World Health Organization confirmed an earlier hypothesis that those inoculated with the dengue vaccine without prior infection of the disease could be at a higher risk of contracting more severe forms of the illness.

From April 2016, the DOH has reported that there have been more than 830,000 children vaccinated with Dengvaxia.

The city government with the aid of the Department of Health should extend medical assistance in order to alleviate the plight of the inoculated victims, the resolution said. (PNA)

Source: Philippine News Agency

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