Marikina children given free dengue vaccine


MARIKINA City (Metro Manila) government will provide free dengue vaccinations to the city’s nine-year-old public school students on Monday next week.

The vaccination will be done during a program from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at Parang Elementary School in Barangay Parang.

The project will be implemented in response to the high number of dengue cases tallied in Metro Manila in 2015.

“We wish to lessen the susceptibility of Marikeños getting dengue this summer especially the youth,” Mayor Del de Guzman said.

According to Assistant City Health Officer Dr. Honielyn Fernando of the City Health Office (CHO), it has been proven in a study that dengue vaccines are most effective when the ones receiving them are aged nine.

According to CHO, Region III (Central Luzon), Region IV-A (Calabarzon), and National Capital Region are the top three regions with the most dengue cases recorded last year.

Marikina City, on the other hand got a total of 487 confirmed cases.

“I encourage all Marikeños to do their share too in fighting dengue. They can do so by keeping their surroundings clean, regularly replacing water in flower vases, and applying insect repellent when staying outdoors,” De Guzman added.


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