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Press Release/31 July 2018

Department of Health (DOH) – CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) today started profiling of Dengvaxia cases in different provinces of the region to be able to locate Dengvaxia vaccine recipients and establish a post vaccination baseline database which will be used in the monitoring of their health status.

“The profile of the recipients and their scheduled physical examination will generate evidence-based intervention needed for their evaluation. An individual’s health profile is important to manage the health information that will include a comprehensive summary of their medical or health history. This must include personal health history, medical conditions, medications and emergency contact information. It will help health workers to clearly organize critical information of every Dengvaxia vaccinee,” Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo stated.
“Without proper action, the Dengvaxia confusion in the country will continue to bring scare and panic not only to affected individuals and their families but also to the rest of the country. Not only that it will cause lower vaccination coverage and distrust but will also affect the psychological behavior of the children who were vaccinated,” he emphasized.
The regional office has been closely monitoring Dengvaxia recipients regularly and providing necessary medical support every time a need arises. 
Janairo added that parent leaders of various provinces were also tapped to provide additional support in the reporting and monitoring of vaccinees in their respective areas.
According to the Regional Epidemiology Surveillance Unit (RESU), there are a total of 16,694 Adverse Event Following Dengvaxia Immunization (AEFDI) from December 1, 2017 to July 27, 2018. There are 52 deaths recorded. Majority of cases, 8,553 were female. Age ranged from 2 years old to 46 years old.
Laguna province had the highest number of reported AEFDI cases with 4,998 (30%) cases followed by Batangas with 4,476 (27%), Cavite - 3,336 (20%), Quezon – 2,399 (14%) and Rizal – 1,486 (9%).  There are 1,405 AEFDI cases admitted and 321 (23%) were diagnosed with Dengue fever.
“We will work to complete the profiling of patients before the end of this year to be able to have an accurate data and be able to know where to locate each recipient and improve our ability to manage them efficiently and avoid potential hazards to their health,” Janairo assured.



DOH-CALABARZON DENGVAXIA profiling team composed of medical officers, city health officer, nurses, DOH provincial health officers and DEPED officials at the Lawa Integrated School in Calamba City during the start of the Dengavaxia Profiling of Cases on July 31, 2018