Stop the craze: Senator warns vs anti-vaxxing hysteria


Posted at Feb 06 2018 12:38 PM | Updated as of Aug 07 2019 05:52 PM

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MANILA - A lawmaker on Tuesday warned that a public scare over the controversial dengue vaccine Dengvaxia could lead to more parents not immunizing their children.

Senator JV Ejercito, chairperson of the health and demography committee, said he has received information showing a 30% drop in the number of people participating in vaccination programs.

"If this trend continues, this will be a problem in a year or two. There might be an epidemic in case parents continue to be scared of giving their children the proven vaccines," he told ANC Tuesday.

Ejercito said hysteria followed initial findings by the Public Attorney's Office on children who died after receiving the controversial vaccine. He said it would be better if PAO closely coordinates with the panel of experts from the UP - Philippine General Hospital in conducting autopsies and research on the matter.

"I'm not saying they should stop. I'm saying they should work together and share information they have. My worry is later on, if the craze progresses they might not be able to use all these evidence they have kasi tampered na," Ejercito added.

Over 800,000 Filipino children have been given Dengvaxia as part of the anti-dengue vaccination program of the Department of Health, then headed by Secretary Janette Garin.

However, Sanofi Pasteur warned that the vaccine may worsen symptoms if given to those who have not had dengue