More than 13,000 kids in Bataan given 3rd dose of Deng­vaxia

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BALANGA CITY, Bataan -- Some 13,004 pub­lic el­e­men­tary school chil­dren in 11 Bataan towns have com­pleted the third dose of Deng­vaxia from April to June 2017, the Pro­vin­cial Health Of­fice (PHO) of Bataan said.

Dr. Rosanna Buc­c­a­han, PHO chief, said 14,615 chil­dren in Grade 5 aged nine years and above were given the first dose from April to June 2016, fol­lowed by the sec­ond dose af­ter six months of 13,707 chil­dren.

“The num­ber of those vac­ci­nated chil­dren de­clined be­cause there were some who trans­ferred to other places and there are oth­ers that did not want to," she said.

Buc­c­a­han also said her of­fice has not re­ceived any com­plaints or prob­lem af­ter vac­ci­na­tion.

“There is what we call Ad­verse Event Fol­low­ing Im­mu­niza­tion (AEFI). For the whole month af­ter im­mu­niza­tion, we are mon­i­tor­ing all chil­dren who were given dengue vac­cine. Beyond one month, we did not re­ceive any com­plaint about the vac­cine," she said.

The health of­fi­cer said they were in reg­u­lar sur­veil­lance and mon­i­tor­ing of 13,004 chil­dren who have com­pleted the third dose of deng­vaxia.

“There is a new mem­o­ran­dum from the Depart­ment of Health wherein the mon­i­tor­ing will be for five years or un­til 2021,” Buc­c­a­han said. On dengue cases, she said the num­ber went down by 30%.

On the 47th Mor­bid­ity Week from Jan­uary 1 to Novem­ber 25, 2017, there were 2,015 cases as com­pared to 2,871 for the same pe­riod in 2016.

The fa­tal­ity rate also de­creased from 11 deaths in 2016 down to 5 in 2017.

“We are not miss­ing in our cam­paign to al­ways keep clean the sur­round­ings. Preven­tion is the best for the dengue pro­gram,” she said.

Buc­c­a­han said if needed, they con­duct search and de­stroy by fog­ging and ad­vise vil­lagers for early con­sul­ta­tion should dengue symp­toms arise.

Buc­c­a­han begged off to com­ment on the death al­legedly from dengue of Chris­tine Mae de Guz­man, 10, a Grade 5 pupil, of barangay Sisi­man, Mariv­e­les, say­ing she is leav­ing the mat­ter to higher au­thor­i­ties.

De Guz­man died Oc­to­ber 15, 2016, some six months af­ter she was given first dose of Deng­vaxia on April 6, 2016.(PNA)

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