According to a recent study conducted by the WHO, only 32% of Filipinos now strongly agree that vaccines are important. In 2015, that number was 93%. (As you can imagine, the WHO’s “Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI)” is none too thrilled about this!)

“The study was conducted on August 31, 2018 entitled “Vaccine confidence plummets in the Philippines following dengue vaccine scare: why it matters to pandemic preparedness” by The Vaccine Confidence Project and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

The study also showed that only 21% of Filipinos strongly agree that vaccines are safe while about 22% are confident about the effectiveness of vaccines, which is also very low, compared to the 82% confidence rate shown in both topics in 2015.”1

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(Some believe the opposition to vaccines comes after the Dengue vaccine problem. See video below for more info.)

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Officials are now concerned about epidemics of “vaccine-preventable diseases” and cited the increase in reported measles cases in the Philippines this year (up 367%); from January to November, there were 17,298 cases of measles reported.

“WHO urged DOH to embark on a program that would recover the public’s trust in immunization and to consistently inform the public that the dengue vaccine issue and routine immunization are two different issues, through focusing on core strategies of listening and engagement.

Health workers, who remain as the most trusted information sources, should also be well-versed in discussing the issue.”2

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It remains to be seen whether or not that will work. We will update this story should more information become available.

SOURCE:

  1. CEBU Daily News
  2. CEBU Daily News