Press Release
February 7, 2018


Senator Richard J. Gordon yesterday called on the public not to fear the Department of Health's Expanded Program on Immunization or EPI.

Gordon made the call in the wake of growing public fear of vaccines - with more and more parents refusing to avail of the DOH's various vaccination programs, following the Dengvaxia mess.

"Vaccines included in the DOH's EPI are safe. These vaccines have been tried and tested and they must be given to your children so they would not contract the diseases that the department's programs are trying to prevent. I understand the fear triggered by the Dengvaxia mess but we should not let our fears cloud our better judgement. Avoid Dengvaxia; but let your children be inoculated with the other vaccines," he said.

Vaccines included in the health department's EPI prevent diseases such as measles. mumps, polio, hepatitis B, rubella, pertussis, diphtheria, pneumonia, and tetanus.

Gordon said the DOH should act swiftly to allay unfounded concerns and restore public confidence on the government's healthcare programs.

"The DOH should really ensure strict monitoring of the people who received Dengvaxia shots and come to their assistance promptly should they show signs of getting sick in order to restore public confidence in the DOH. Live up to your mandate of being the guardian of the people's health," he said.

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