Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Dengue Vaccine Contraindications

Dengvaxia: Dengue Vaccine Contraindications

by: Arlene Gentallan

        Dengvaxia is the world's first licensed dengue vaccine. It is a weakened form of the 4 strains of dengue virus that offers immunity against dengue by activating the body's immune system to produce antibodies. It is given in 3 shots with 6 months interval in-between shots.


Who should not be receiving a dengue vaccine?

There are certain people who should not be taking dengue vaccine, such as:

  1. Children below 9 years old
  2. Adults over 45 years old
  3. Individuals who are allergic to Dengvaxia
  4. Individuals who are presently infected with dengue
  5. Individuals who are presently suffering from fever, flu, and other acute disease
  6. Individuals with compromised immunity (eg. HIV/AIDS infection, corticosteroid therapy, chemotherapy)
  7. Pregnant women
  8. Lactating or breastfeeding mothers
  9. Take precaution to avoid being pregnant at least 1 month from the date of vaccine administration