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Exec: DOH is willing to examine Dengvaxia benefits and data

As dengue incidences in the nation continue to climb, the Department of Health (DOH) is open to studying the facts and advantages of the Dengvaxia vaccine, an official said on Tuesday.

This comes after infectious disease specialist Dr. Rontgene Solante declared that it is past due for the government to assess the advantages of the vaccination, including its ability to avoid hospitalization and severe dengue.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire stated in an online media forum that “The government is always open to new technology, especially if evidence can show that” it can truly protect our population. “Ang ating gobyerno po kasama ang Kagawaran ng Kalusugan, always open naman tayo sa bagong teknolohiya, lalong lalo na kung maipapakita

Following Sanofi Pasteur, the maker of Dengvaxia, warning that its administration “may lead to more severe symptoms among persons who have never been infected by the dengue virus prior to vaccination,” the product’s certificate of registration was canceled in 2018.

“The evidence must already be complete, there are processes and studies that must be carried out in order to do all these,” Vergeire said. “For us to be able to bring back this kind of vaccine, marami po tayong proseso at pag-aaral na kailangan isagawa para magawa po natin lahat ito (there are processes and studies that must be carried out in order to do all these).

She emphasized that in addition to thorough research and advice from health professionals, the maker must adhere to the nation’s standards.

From May 29 to June 25, 2022, 15 of the country’s 17 regions had alert or epidemic levels that were exceeded.

Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol Region, Western, Central, Eastern, Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, Davao Region, Soccsksargen, Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, Cordillera Administrative Region, and the National Capital Region are some of these.

The Ilocos Region has not yet crossed the finish line.

While this is happening, the Caraga Region already crossed the threshold in April 2022, but it was not sustained, and it has since fallen back below it.

According to Vergeire, “When the area reaches the epidemic threshold, it signifies that there are more cases there than were anticipated since we compare our trends or our number of cases from the cases from the same time period in the prior years.”

She said that the present dengue scenario is “worrisome” as cases increase in the majority of regions and Covid-19 infections rise.

The dengue virus primarily affects people 15 years of age and younger.

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