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PIA Press Release
2010/06/04

Free vaccine against AH1N1 now available - DOH-3

by Joy Hernandez

San Fernando City, Pampanga (4 June) -- In a bid to totally eradicate A(H1N1), the Department of Health (DOH) is giving free vaccines against the virus.

The vaccine, according to the DOH, has been recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) and guarantees safe and effective results to fight and prevent said virus.

The DOH added that the WHO pledged 9 million vaccine doses as part of an agreement between the health organization and the Philippine government.

The DOH lamented though that this supply of vaccines is not sufficient to accommodate all the public.

Nevertheless, the DOH assured that those who are much prone to the virus would be prioritized such as health workers, pregnant women, children six months to five years old, those 60 years and above and those with chronic medical conditions.

Topping the priority list are the public and private health workers at the national and local levels. The DOH website reflects that there are about 420,000 health workers in the Philippines, public and private, who will be vaccinated.

The DOH advises those who will be vaccinated would have to tell beforehand to the doctors or nurses administering the injection if they have recent allergy history to a vaccine.

There are some side effects on the injected arm after vaccination that the person would feel for one or two days. These side effects, said the DOH, include redness, bloating, aching.

A(H1N1) virus has been a global outbreak since April 2009 and was recognized as a pandemic. The virus was said to have emanated from the state of Vera Cruz, Mexico, and spreaded globally.

The DOH said that the pandemic extended until 2010 although the numbers of cases are in sudden decline.

For more information for the free vaccine the public may contact DOH- Center for Health Development 3 hotline (045)861-31-17 or log-on to www.doh.gov.ph. (PIA3) [top]

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