CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Department of Health Central Luzon Region said that some 205,058 kids vaccinated with Dengvaxia are closely monitored.
DOH-Central Luzon Director Leonita Gorgolon said kids aged nine years old and above in Central Luzon are now under surveillance after receiving the Dengvaxia from the health agency in 2016 as part of its dengue immunization program.
“We would like to make sure that all those vaccinated will be monitored. We will look for them. We will issue advisories to all the rural health units, district hospitals and regional hospitals in the region to be alert especially regarding the grade 4 students who will get fever,” she said.
Central Luzon, along with the National Capital Region and the Calabarzon were the pilot beneficiaries of the immunization program launched in April 2016.
In Pampanga, 47,358 children were administered with the said vaccine while Bulacan had 52,625; Nueva Ecija had 40,996; Tarlac had 26,670; Zambales had 16,930; Bataan had 14,615; and Aurora 5,910.
Gorgolon said they immediately met all the municipal health officers in the region after learning that vaccine maker Sanofi Pasteur admitted that there may be risks in taking the vaccine, especially for those who have not been afflicted with dengue yet.
She said information on what steps they need to do, especially questions from parents whose children were vaccinated, were already relayed to the health workers.
Gorgolon also assured the public that the DOH is ready to give free medical services to those anti-dengue vaccinated children who might get sick.
She also said that the three regional hospitals in Central Luzon, namely Central Luzon Doctors’ Hospital in Tarlac City, Jose B. Lingad Regional Memorial Hospital in the City of San Fernando, Pampanga and the Paulino J. Garcia Memorial Research and Medical Center in Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija, are equipped and ready in case the anti-dengue vaccinated children need to be confined.
“We are ready to help and if there is a need to provide assistance to the families, we will do that,” she said.