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DENGUE Alert Status (How to protect yourself against Dengue)

The Department of Health once again reminded the public to protect themselves against the deadly dengue-carrying mosquito as it declare Dengue Alert Status in selected regions in the country. This is in response to the rapidly increasing number of cases observed in the Philippines.

Here’s a list of simple tips to protect yourself against dengue and dengue fever.

The 4S.

1. Search & Destroy breeding sites

2. Self-protection measure

3. Seek early consultation

4. Support fogging for impending outbreaks

#DengueAlert #MagingAlerto

Dengue Vaccine in 2015

dengue vaccine editorial cartoon

THE Department of Health has announced that dengue vaccine will be available in the market next year.

The vaccine, which has been tested two years ago, in five different Asian countries including the Philippines, showed a promising result.

At least, 3,500 children, 2 to 4 years old, from Cebu and San Pablo participated in the study trial of the vaccine.

Health experts said that three doses of the vaccine are needed to reduce the risk of hospitalization due to dengue fever.

The vaccine should cover all four dengue strains (Type 1, 2, 3, 4). One type could give you a life-long protection against the same strain, but not from the other remaining three. This means that a person could get all four types of the dengue virus in his lifetime.

Health Secretary Enrique Ona is optimistic that the government will be able to eliminate dengue as a major public health threat.

Dengue has been considered a plague by experts for the past 10 years.

This year alone, the DOH has recorded a total of 31,088 dengue cases.

Image credit: People’s Tonight Editorial Cartoon

Tomorrow will be a much better day for us

After almost five days in the hospital the doctor who looks after my kids broke some good news to us this afternoon. My kids are on their way to recovery from dengue infection. My son’s platelet count has increased from 90 to 120 this morning, a good sign that he is recovering well. My daughter’s platelet count, on the other hand, has yet to reach the normal level, but all other lab tests conducted yesterday and today showed positive signs that she has passed the critical stage of dengue fever. The doctor has given them a clean bill of health and permission to go home. But not to get excited about their going home, the doctor still warns the kids not to engage in stressful activities like playing. They need a few more days rest before they can go back to school. They have a lot of catching up to do with their school lessons so they need to save their energy.

My kids have surpassed another sickness and we are grateful that they did not reach that life-threatening stage of dengue fever. Although, their hospitalization has exhausted our little savings, I believe there are more reasons to be thankful for and I know things will be much better for us tomorrow.