Dengue Vaccination Now Available in Watsons

As a mom of three, health is one of the most important things I prioritize.  One thing is for sure, we spend and save up on their needs such...

As a mom of three, health is one of the most important things I prioritize.  One thing is for sure, we spend and save up on their needs such as education, groceries, clothes, and vaccinations.  My children's vaccinations are complete (and our baby is right on schedule) and if there's a new one that would fight against epidemics that may possibly affect my children, such as the scary Dengue, I make sure we have it administered on them.

I've shared on the blog and on my social media accounts the importance of applying insect repellents or putting repellent patches to shoo away Dengue carrying mosquitoes.  Why?  Because, Dengue is such a serious and scary type of flu which could cause death to the infected patient.  Now, I'm happy to know that Watsons, the leading health and beauty chain in the Philippines, announced the availability of dengue vaccination (Dengvaxia) in select Watsons stores nationwide.

Dengue Vaccination in Watsons
“As part of our commitment to improve the lives and health of Filipinos by making health care more accessible to them, we decided to offer dengue vaccination in our select stores nationwide. Dengue is a recurring epidemic in the country, that’s why we recognize the importance of protecting Filipinos against this deadly disease through the vaccination”, says Watsons Trading Health Director, Mr. Danilo Chiong.
Dengue Vaccination in Watsons
Mr. Danilo Chiong and Dr. Rontgene Solante during the Q&A portion
I attended Watsons' round table discussion last week and I'm relieved to know about the Dengue vaccination accessibility and how they put importance in improving the lives and health of Filipinos.  Here were some highlights of the RTD event:
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Dengue is a recurring epidemic in the country and this deadly disease and there are more than 200,000 reported dengue cases in the country in 2016 with around 1000 reported cases leading to death. 3

Schedule of Administration of Dengue Vaccine Doses
The dengue vaccination, to be taken in three doses
  • First Dose: 0 months
  • Second Dose: 6 months after first dose
  • Third Dose: 12 months after first dose
  • val, can protect the individual from all four strains of the dengue virus. 
Who may be vaccinated:
This can be administered to people aged 9 to 45 years old.

Cost:
The dengue vaccination is the latest addition to the vaccines offered by Watsons. It will cost P4,000 per dose or P12,000 for all 3 doses, which is a reasonable price given the high incidence of dengue and high cost of treatment in the Philippines.  Good news to BPI and BDO cardholders, they are working on offering the vaccinations at 0% interest rate for 3 months installment.

Schedule of Dengue Vaccination in Watsons:
A doctor in the selected Watsons store will be available to administer the vaccination in the schedule below:

First Round:
  • First dose:April 30, 2017 
  • Second dose: October 29, 2017 
  • Third dose: April 29, 2018
Second Round:
  • First dose: May 14, 2017 
  • Second dose: November 12, 2017 
  • Third dose: May 13, 2018
About the Dengue Vaccination
Dengue Vaccination in Watsons
The dengue vaccination was launched in the country by the Department of Health (DOH) together with the Department of Education (DepEd), and later on was made available in medical clinics last year. Now, Watsons is the first retailer to offer it in the Philippine market.

The first vaccine against dengue, Dengvaxia, was created by leading multinational pharmaceutical company and an expert in the development of vaccinations, Sanofi Pasteur. The vaccine took more than twenty years to develop and has been thoroughly tested, based on World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines. Studies of the vaccine included more than 41,000 people and were carried out in 15 countries including the Philippines. The results were fully reviewed by a committee of independent experts and has also been recommended by WHO.

In the Philippines, the DOH together with DepEd launched the much-awaited administration of the dengue vaccine through school-based immunization approach. This aims to vaccinate about one million Grade 4 pupils aged 9 years old and above enrolled in public schools in several regions of the country.1
Dengue Vaccination in Watsons
As of February 2017, the vaccine has been approved in 14 countries where dengue is endemic including Singapore, Mexico, Brazil and the Philippines.

The dengue vaccine has also gotten the endorsement of the Philippine Society for Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (PSMID) and Philippine College of Physicians (PCP).

According to a study by the University of the Philippines National Institute of Health, the vaccine is expected to reduce dengue cases in the country by over 24 percent in a span of five years.
Dengue Vaccination in Watsons
So if you are as paranoid about Dengue like me, then get yourself, your husband, and your kids (9 and up) vaccinated in select Watsons store today.

For more information on Dengvaxia Dengue Vaccine in Watsons,
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