World’s First Dengue Vaccine Now Available in Philippines

Friday, February 12, 2016

The world’s first ever dengue vaccine is now available in the country, and doctors in several private hospitals are providing the vaccine against the potentially deadly dengue virus, the Pediatric Infectious Disease Society of the Philippines (PIDSP) reported yesterday.

Sally Gatchalian, PIDSP president, said the vaccine could be given to any healthy individual aged nine to 45 “unless they are immune-compromised.”

“That is why children and adults should visit their doctors first so they could be assessed prior to vaccination,” Gatchalian said.

Chit Santos, Sanofi-Aventis Philippines country manager, said the first shipment of dengue vaccine has arrived in the country and is ready for the market.

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