Local Health News
Distrust In Vaccines Leads To Spike In Measles Cases
Condensed by L.D. Ramirez (sourced from a Philippine Daily Inquirer article by Jovic Yee)
The continuing distrust in vaccines has resulted in a whopping 374% increase in the number of measles and rubella cases in the country over the last 11 months.
Health Undersecretary Enrique Domingo attributed the spike in measles and rubella cases partly to the public distrust and lack of confidence in vaccines in the aftermath of the Dengvaxia controversy.
“There is a loss of confidence among our people,” Domingo said. “There are doubts. But we hope we can convince our people anew on the safety and value of vaccines. Hopefully, by 2019, we’ll start reversing the trend and catch up with our vaccination goals and targets again.”
The World Health Organization earlier said that among the factors blamed for the increase, especially in ARMM, of new measles cases were the conflict and the difficulty of people in availing themselves of health services in the region.