Don’t be afraid: Pia Cayetano urges parents to vaccinate kids amid Dengvaxia scare


Deputy Speaker Pia Cayetano has urged parents to have their kids vaccinated amid a drop in immunization rates as a result of the Dengvaxia controversy.

Speaking to over a thousand vice mayors nationwide on December 4, Cayetano said there needs to be “more intelligent discussions” about the necessity of immunization.

“Sa takot ng mga tao dahil sa nangyari sa Dengvaxia, marami ngayon ang ayaw nang magpabakuna. So it requires na i-educate ang mga nanay na, ‘Pasensya na, huwag po kayong matakot sa vaccination, kailangan ‘yan ng mga anak ninyo,” said the congresswoman, who represents Taguig’s second district.

Cayetano said that while the Dengvaxia controversy may be an unpopulat topic, she felt it was important to speak up on the importance of vaccination because failure to do so may lead to debilitating illnesses for children or even death.

Immunization rates have dropped largely due to the Dengvaxia scare, with only six out of 10 children getting the required vaccines as of November 2018.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said there have been measles outbreaks in some parts of the country since parents were afraid to have their children vaccinated against common diseases.