‘Some Negrenses may have taken Dengvaxia’

BY RANIE AZUE

Thursday, December 7, 2017

BACOLOD City – Some Negrenses may have taken a dose of the controversial dengue vaccine Dengvaxia, Negros Occidental Provincial Health Officer Dr. Ernell Tumimbang said.

Tumimbang expressed his concern over these individuals and encouraged them to come to the Provincial Health Office for proper monitoring.

Dengvaxia is a product of French pharmaceutical company Sanofi Pasteur, which said the vaccine works in people already exposed to the dengue virus.

But when administered to those who weren’t exposed to the virus, Dengvaxia may lead to elevated risk of severe disease developing from a subsequent dengue infection.

Prior to the recall of Dengvaxia, some pharmaceutical companies in the province – located in malls and supermarkets – were given exclusive authority to sell it, according to Tumimbang.

So even if Negros Occidental was not covered by the Department of Health’s dengue immunization program, Tumimbang said some people may have been administered with Dengvaxia after they bought it from the pharmacies.

Tumimbang said the pharmacies sold the vaccine to people who “can afford” and brought with them their prescriptions, especially during the time of rampant cases of dengue in the province./PN