Dengvaxia is out – DoH

THIS FILE photo taken on April 4, 2016 shows a nurse showing vials of the anti-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia, developed by French medical giant Sanofi, during a vaccination program at an elementary school in suburban Manila. More than 700,000 children have been vaccinated with the drug since 2016. (AFP)

A health official said that the Dengvaxia vaccine will not be used by the Department of Health (DoH) in the near future, following the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommendation that a pre-vaccination screening should be done first before injecting the controversial vaccine to an individual.

The WHO’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on Thursday said that the Dengvaxia vaccine must come with a pre-screening test to individuals to assess whether or not the latter has been exposed to dengue infection.

Health Undersecretary Rolando Enrique Domingo said that the latest report of the WHO has supported the DoH decision to stop the government’s dengue immunization program.

“So, there will be no vaccination with Dengvaxia,” he added. (Analou De Vera)

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