Another child dies months after 'Dengvaxia' shot

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Manila, Philippines – Another child who had been a receiver of Dengvaxia died in Parañaque city on Sunday.

Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) confirms the news, but no further details yet were provided.

Dante Jimenez, chairman of the group, said that the latest victim was a student between 9 and 11 years old.

Should the findings confirm dengue as the cause of death, the child would be the second recorded casualty of Dengvaxia vaccine in Metro Manila.

“The victim died today in Parañaque, but we could not give further details about the child out of respect to the family,” Jimenez told the Manila Times in an interview.

The child, reportedly, died months after injected with the dengue vaccine under the immunization program conducted by the Department of Health (DOH).

“We will request the PAO (Public Attorney’s Office) forensic to conduct forensic examination on the victim to determine if the death is linked to Dengvaxia,” Jimenez said.

There were seven victims examined by PAO, whose death were possibly caused by the anti-Dengue vaccine produced by Sanofi – one the pharmaceutical giants in the world.

So far, identified victims of the vaccine were from the provinces of Bataan, Laguna, Cavite and Bulacan.

According to PAO forensics, in the seven examinations they have conducted on the victims, the common findings were extensive bleeding and enlarged organs.

It was during the administration of former President Benigno Aquino 3rd that Department of Health launched the school-based anti-dengue vaccination program in 2016, where in 850, 000 students were injected.

In November last year, Sanofi announced and admitted that Dengvaxia could increase risk of severe dengue on individuals who have not been previously infected with the disease.

 source: Manila Times

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