4 April 2016

Philippines launches world's first mass dengue vaccination

In this Sept. 25, 2012, file photo, a Filipino worker sprays a chemical to prevent to kill dengue-carrying mosquitos as part of observance of the "Clean Up The World 2012" in suburban Pasig, east of Manila, Philippines. The Philippines launched the first public immunization program for dengue fever on Monday, April 4, 2016, seeking to administer to a million schoolchildren the world's first licensed vaccine against a mosquito-borne disease that the World Health Organization estimates infects 390 million people a year globally.
The Philippines on Monday launched the first public immunization program for dengue fever, seeking to administer to a million schoolchildren the world's first licensed vaccine against a mosquito-borne disease that the World Health Organization estimates infects 390 million people a year globally.
Hundreds of fourth-graders at a public school in metropolitan Manila's Marikina city were given the first of three shots of Dengvaxia. Some of the pupils received their vaccination shot under the glare of cameras during a festive ceremony at a gymnasium festooned with multicolored bunting and preceded by songs and dances performed by the children.