Sanofi: No reported deaths in Philippines from dengue vaccine

Sanofi: No reported deaths in Philippines from dengue vaccine

Although dengue is not as serious as malaria, it is spreading rapidly in many parts of the world.

"Tama ba ang pag order kaagad ng ganitong karaming vaccine na worth 3.5 billion na naturukan agad ang 733,000 children.Tama ba ito kahit na wala pang kahit na apat na buwan palang nama-manufacture ito tapos nagkaroon ng warning ang Sanofi sa ating government officials?" he said. Ruby Dizon, a medical director at the French firm.

The Department of Health (DOH) halted on Friday the use of a dengue vaccine made by Sanofi after the company said its use must be strictly limited due to evidence it can worsen the disease in people who have not previously been exposed to the infection.

The health department, nonetheless, is reviewing its contract with Sanofi.

But for those not previously infected by the virus, more cases of severe disease could occur in the long term following vaccination upon a subsequent dengue infection, Sanofi said.

Within the Philippines, there are 200,000 cases of new infections of dengue fever reported each year.

A new analysis from six years of clinical data showed that Dengvaxia vaccine provides persistent protective benefit against dengue fever in those who had prior infection.

It added: "In individuals who have not been previously infected by dengue virus, there is an increased risk of hospitalization for dengue and severe dengue, predominantly Grade I or II Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever".

He added: "The vaccination program is not a clinical trial and Pinoys are not guinea pigs".

At least 700,000 learners have been received the vaccine.

Senator JV Ejercito, chair of the Senate health committee, said he would open an inquiry into the program after health authorities finished their own investigation of the dangers posed by the Dengvaxia.

"We understand the concern of our people, especially the parents and the relatives of public elementary children residing in Regions III (Central Luzon), IV-A (Calabarzon), and NCR (Metro Manila), where the dengue vaccination initiative was launched by the previous administration", Roque said. Those at risk are some 70,000 children who were vaccinated.

The immunization program is in line with the recommendation of the World Health Organization.

The Department of Justice, as well as Sen.

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