Department of Health (DOH) plans to administer Japanese encephalitis vaccines for free next year.
The Pediatric Infectious Disease Society of the Philippines (PIDSP) and Department of Health (DOH) ensures citizens not to worry about getting infected with mosquito-borne disease Japanese encephalitis.
KAMI learned the good news in Rapper.
As stated by Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial,
"Yes, no need to panic! We are seeing less cases this year!"
As she continues to plan in implementing free Japanese encephalitis vaccine by next near.
PIDSP vice president, Dr Salvacion Gatchalian, ensures safety during a forum at the Dusit Thani Manila hotel in Makati City on Wed.
"There is no need to panic because in fact, physicians have actually been giving this vaccine at least in private practice because it's recommended in our immunization schedule already since 2016,"
"It is administered subcutaneously as a single dose for those 9 months and older. For individuals 9 months to 17 years of age, a booster dose is recommended 12 to 24 months after the primary dose,"
"We encourage the local government units to report and notify suspect cases of Japanese encephalitis."
For the last few months as of August 26, there has only been 133 cases that have been recorded which is 44% lower compared to the data recorded during the same period last 2016.
Gatchalian also warned parents puchasing vaccine online as it is not to be trusted.
"They have to make sure they only buy it from the one licensed by the FDA. Sometimes other people import vaccines to the Philippines. But the FDA has not analyzed these, so we're not sure if they're safe,"
For safety purposes, parents are advised to purchase vaccine straight from the doctor.
DOH estimates the price of each dose between P2,000 and P4,000.
KAMI wishes everyone safety and security!