THE Department of Health’s surprise inspections in schools where more than 830,000 students were
vaccinated with Dengvaxia should be welcomed by all sectors of Philippine society.
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III of vote-rich Pangasinan said the school visitation
program is part of the DoH’s monitoring of students who had been given the highly-controversial
The DoH also wants to check if its regional offices had implemented awareness campaigns,
which call for the putting up of posters containing vital information on dengue immunization.
“We will start to do our regular visits and unannounced visits of the schools where we make
sure that the DoH people on the ground are able to follow what the DoH central office has been put
them to task,” said Duque.
A medical doctor, the health secretary said he would check whether the posters placed in
classrooms complied with the required size and distance from each other.
Set to be visited this week by Secretary Duque and his team are schools in the heavily-
populated National Capital Region, Central Luzon (Region 3), Region 4-A and Cebu.
Likewise, all students vaccinated with Dengvaxia will be given letters containing updates on
the vaccine and reminders about what dengue symptoms to watch out for, said DoH Undersecretary
Rolando Enrique Domingo.
This is in coordination with the Department of Education (DepEd), headed by Secretary Leonor
Launched in April 2016, the massive dengue vaccination program was later halted by the
The DoH stopped the program after Dengvaxia French manufacturer Sanofi Pasteur said that its
vaccine could cause severe dengue symptoms among those who had no previous exposure to the virus.
In the view of many, school officials, students and parents ought to cooperate with the
health department as the latter exerts its best efforts to help those vaccinated with Dengvaxia.
This, if we are to ensure the health and safety of our students who were given said anti-
dengue vaccine under the national government’s massive immunization program.