The real underlying cause of deaths in epidemics is the dysfunctional health care system brought about by chronic socio-economic underdevelopment characteristic of a semi-feudal and semi-colonial society victimized by imperialism, not the loss of vaccine confidence due to the “Dengvaxia scare”.
A group of health advocates opposed the recent proposals to bring back anti-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia to the market, enjoining the public to prioritise preventative measures instead of relying on medicinal cure.
The coalition pointed out that there have been warnings on the dangers of Dengvaxia published by international and local experts and the World Health Organization (WHO) since March 2016, but the government still proceeded with the program.
More than the press releases, the Department of Health (DOH) must explain the issues and implications and give the parents of children who were vaccinated with Dengvaxia the assurance of free and accessible services.”
“Instead of seeking monetary award for damages, given the possible long-term effects of the vaccine, petitioner-children and their mothers pray for the rendition of free and long-term medical services and treatment from the government.”
Have your children examined to know if he or she had previously acquired dengue. If not, seek audience with the Department of Health (DOH) and ask them for the full explanation on the possible adverse effects of the vaccine.”