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Thursday, March 21, 2019

DOH records 362 adverse effects of dengue vaccine

THREE hundred sixty two recipients of the dengue vaccine from the Department of Health (DOH) have experienced Adverse Event Following Immunization (AEFI).

According to the DOH, they have been closely monitoring any adverse events and side effects following immunization since the program started last April 4.

"A total of 362 cases of Adverse Event Following Immunization (AEFI) from the three regions where the Dengue School Based Immunization Program were received," said Health Secretary Janette Garin in a media conference.

The top five common reactions to the vaccine were only fever, headache, dizziness, vomiting, and rash.

Not included in the list, however, is the case of an 11-year-old male, who died last April 11, or 12 days after he was vaccinated.

A male patient earlier given a dengue vaccine shot was pronounced dead on arrival at the Bataan General Hospital after suffering from cardiac arrest.

However, Garin said the cause of death by the male patient was not related to the dengue vaccine, as the immediate cause of death was pulmonary edema with the following underlying causes of congenital heart disease and Acute Gastroenteritis with moderate dehydration.

"The case was presented to the National Adverse Event Following Immunization Committee (NAEFIC) last April 21 to assess the findings. Their conclusion is consistent with the hospital findings. The dengue vaccination is coincidental," noted Garin.

She related that the patient was vaccinated on March 31 despite being claimed to have been diagnosed to have congenital heart disease during his childhood.

But Garin said the NAEFIC has already said that congenital heart disease is not an exclusion criterion for vaccination.

On April 3, the patient developed diarrhea and fever and was diagnosed the next day at the Bagac Community Medicare Hospital to have amoebiasis.

On April 9, the patient was admitted at the Isaac Catalina Medical Center after experiencing difficulty of breathing, fever, and cough and was initially diagnosed with severe pneumonia, congenital heart disease in Congestive Heart Failure, and electrolyte imbalance.

Come April 10, the patient was referred and transferred to Bataan General Hospital.

As of April 24, the DOH reported that there are already a total of 204,397 pupils that were given vaccination versus the mosquito-borne disease.

The dengue vaccination program is being implemented in all public schools in Metro Manila, Central Luzon, and Calabarzon targeting Grade 4 pupils aged nine years old and above. (Sunnex)

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