3 children fall sick after Dengvaxia shots

  • A young student shows his vaccine record as he joins others in a protest in front of the Department of Health office in Manila on December 8, 2017, against the French pharmaceutical company Sanofi. The Philippines intends to sue Sanofi after authorities suspended the pharmaceutical giant’s anti-dengue vaccine in response to the company warning the drug could lead to severe infections in some cases, the health secretary said on December 7. / AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE

Three children have fallen sick with symptoms of dengue fever and rushed to hospital at year-end weeks after they were inoculated with Dengvaxia vaccine, The Manila Times Online reported on Tuesday (Jan 2).

Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) founding chairman Dante Jimenez said that the three children, aged 11, 14 and 16 were rushed to the Philippine Children’s Medical Centre on Sunday (Dec 31) after they showed dengue symptoms.

Two of the victims were from Pasay City who received the vaccine late last year with the 11-year old completing all three vaccine shots.  On and off, she complained of having abdominal pains.

She was recommended for admission, but her family decided to bring her home, vowing to return to the hospital if the pains persisted.

As for the 16-year old boy, initial diagnosis found that he had viral exanthema and rashes were observed on his face and body.

The third patient, a 14-year old boy, was given two doses of Dengvaxia in October.  Initial diagnosis found that he had Pott’s disease (tuberculosis of the spine).

According to Jimenez, a doctor said the two boys should not have been given the vaccine because they are not included in the target population of 9-year old Grade 4 students.

VACC and the Public Attorney’s Office are currently providing free legal support to families of two children who died after being inoculated with Dengvaxia vaccine.