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Dengue vaccine row wreaks havoc on Philippine war on disease
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Widespread fears over a controversial dengue vaccine that some blame for child deaths are wreaking havoc on the Philippines' war on preventable diseases, with many parents refusing to get their children immunised, a senior health official said Friday. Immunisation rates for polio, chicken pox, tetanus and other diseases are significantly down from previous years since the government suspended the sale and distribution of the Dengvaxia vaccine in December, Health Undersecretary Enrique Domingo told reporters. The government is also investigating Dengvaxia's alleged role in the deaths of at least 14 children who were among the 830,000 who got the vaccine as part of the world's first public dengue immunisation programme in 2016-2017. read more
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