The New England Journal of Medicine published an article about the negative effects of the controversial anti-dengue vaccine, Dengvaxia to those who have not contracted the disease prior to inoculation.
According to the article entitled “Impact of Dengue Serostatus on Dengue Vaccine Safety and Efficacy,” the vaccine is effective in protecting the patient from a re-occurrence of dengue. However, to those without prior dengue infection, the vaccine is not recommended as it could lead to severe dengue.
The study focused on the analysis of the dengue vaccine manufactured by Sanofi Pasteur which is Dengvaxia. This means the research study is in conformity with the recommendation of the World Health Organization (WHO) in April that Dengvaxia should not be administered to children without prior exposure to dengue.
In November 2017, Sanofi Pasteur issued a warning saying there is very high possibility of contracting severe dengue if Dengvaxia is received by individuals without prior dengue infection.
Dengvaxia has been administered to nearly 800,000 children in the Philippines under the government’s Dengue immunization program. – UNTV News & Rescue
MANILA, Philippines — Wearing of masks gives a person immunity against coronavirus disease (COVID-19), according to an article published by the New England Journal of Medicine on September 8, 2020.
The article said there is a high possibility that people are being exposed to small amounts of coronavirus as masks cannot totally filter such viral particles. This allows people to develop immunity or antibodies to eventually fight the virus. This process is called “variolation.”
Infectious disease specialist Dr. Rontgene Solante also noted the level of immunity that wearing of masks gives to an individual and its effect on the community.
“There is evidence that if all of us wear face mask, there’ll be no transmission; there’ll be no infection in the community. So, indirectly the face mask protects the individual and that in itself is defined as immunity against the infection,” he said.
But the Department of Health (DOH) couldn’t confirm the said study.
“We still have to study further itong sinasabing immunity,” DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said.
“Baka iyong (Maybe the) preventive measures that can really work are the combined preventive measures of wearing face masks, wearing face shield, doing physical distancing and hand-washing para tayo ay makaagapay habang wala pang bakuna (for us to survive while there’s no vaccine yet) and we can live with the virus,” Vergeire said.
Dr. Solante, on the other hand, said maintaining a healthy lifestyle is an effective measure against infection.
“You have to keep yourself healthy aside from the health protocols. Exercise, don’t drink. If you have hypertension or diabetes, drink your medication regularly,” Solante said.
“Based on our patients na smokers mataas ang [mortality rate] kasi smokers. Their lungs are already inflamed…doble ang inflammation mas lalong severe (Based on our patients who are smokers, mortality rate is high among smokers because their lungs are already inflamed. The inflammation is double, more severe),” he added.
The DOH has issued Memorandum 0165 in March requiring all nutrition and dietetics services in hospitals with cases of COVID-19 to provide their patients and staff with healthy and nutritious foods to help boost their immune system. MNP (with details from Aiko Miguel)
“The vaccines that we are mentioning is not a solution or a silver bullet for the ongoing outbreak. We are open to any discussion with the health authorities to see what is needed, what do they need for the future,” Zinsou said.
In February this year, the FDA revoked the certificate of product registration of Dengvaxia.
Sanofi already filed an appeal two weeks ago and the DOH will release their decision on the issue on August 19.—AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)
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