DOH-CALABARZON wants full medical exam for Dengvaxia recipients

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  • The Department of Health in CALABARZON is pushing for a full medical examination for Dengvaxia recipients
  • DOH Regional Director Eduardo Janairo said he is seeking for Health Secretary Francisco Duque’s help on such matter
  • CALABARZON has 171,276 vaccinees who received the first dose, 141,075 who have taken the second dose, and 82,815 who completed three doses

The Department of Health (DOH) in CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) is pushing for a full medical examination for Dengvaxia recipients.

“My request to Health Secretary (Francisco) Duque (III) is to immediately provide these children medical examination before entering new grade or transferring to a new school. This should be the first thing that the Department has done, provided them immediate physical examination. Because if there had been complications and adverse reactions from the vaccines from the children, we could have seen it immediately and provided the necessary health response,” DOH-CALABARZON Director Eduardo Janairo said during a forum in Quezon City.

“That’s why if a mother of a DVI requested for an x-ray, we need to give it right away. Just because a doctor said it is not needed, it doesn’t mean that we will not send our children for an x-ray. As parents, it is innate in us to find out for ourselves what is our children’s health status and ensure his/her safety. However, for those that require special tests such as biopsy, we will endorse such request to the concern units of the department for immediate action subject for approval of the health secretary,” he added.

Janairo said a proposal for a comparative study of DVIs and non-vaccinees who have died of dengue is being worked-out to learn if the pre-existing health conditions are present and similar to non-DVIs.

“This will give us a baseline information between the two subjects and will clarify if the same clinical presentation is found among those who died of Dengvaxia and those who have died of dengue but are not recipient of the vaccine,” he noted.

CALABARZON has 171,276 vaccinees who received the first dose, 141,075 who have taken the second dose, and 82,815 who completed three doses.

Moreover, 4,261 persons were vaccinated by private physicians.

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