Dengvaxia – the first dengue vaccine now available in the Philippines

We all know that dengue is an endemic vector-borne disease in the country and it has affected men, women and even children. The government has made efforts to hasten the spread of the disease, which causes the death of many of us Filipinos.

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Our conducive climate has been one of the main reasons why Dengue prevails as one of the deadliest diseases, and it’s good that there is now a vaccine available in the country.
The first dengue vaccine in the country

Dengvaxia is the first dengue vaccine that is developed by Sanofi Pasteur as a result of over two decades of scientific research and clinical trials. Our country also took participated in the research, being one of the countries who has the highest cases of dengue. It is said to prevent the four stereotypes of dengue virus stereotypes for men and women, aged 9 to 45.

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The dengue vaccine is currently registered in Brazil, the Philippines, Mexico, El Salvador, Costa Rica and Paraguay, and it is approved in Singapore, Guatemala, Peru, Indonesia, Thailand and Bolivia.

Precautions

Dengvaxia is not recommended for the following:

  • children below 9 years old
  • pregnant/lactating women
  • HIV/immunocompromised patients
  • Travelers
  • Healthcare workers

The role of Philippine government in the dengue vaccine

The Department of health announced last January that 1 million nine-year-old Filipinos who are enrolled in government schools will be the first beneficiaries of the dengue vaccine. And from April to July 2016, 489,000 eligible children already received the first of three doses of Dengvaxia.

Dengvaxia will be available in the Philippine market soon, expect the price to be expensive for Sanofi Pasteur is the first and only pharmaceutical company to create and manufacture the vaccine.

This is a great news for us Filipinos! With the advent of the dengue vaccine, expect the dengue mortality to be reduced by half and morbidity will increase by 25% by year 2020.

Understanding your thyroid – what you really need to know

Not everyone is aware of the how important it is to take care of our thyroid, and its impact in our system. I am complete aware of this, for I have two relatives who have suffered from goiter before, but unfortunately, one of my titas died of thyroid cancer.

According to a study by the Philippine Society of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism in 2012, one in 11 adults have goiter, and around one in 12 Filipino adults suffer from different forms of thyroid disorders.

Awareness for tyroid disorders are so low, that most Filipinos think that thyroid disorder symptoms are mostly associated and mistaken for other diseases, and some even ignored these symptoms, not knowing that it’ll lead to something worse.

Dr. Nemencio Nicodemus, Jr., President of the Philippine Society of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism

During the bloggers event held by Merck, Dr. Nemencio Nicodemus Jr. talks about the importance of our thyroid in our system. What’s really interesting is that it has different kinds of thyroid disorders that has different effects on our system.

Hypothyroidism patients are those have fewer thyroid hormones and tends to have a slower metabolism than the usual; they gain weight easily despite not eating too much, they move and speak, gets depressed easily, hates the cold weather and have irregular menstrual cycles.

Hyperthyroidism patients are the exact opposite of those who have hypothyroidism – their thyroid hormones are more abundant than usual and they tend to be very much active than the usual, they lose weight easily despite having a huge appetite, have heart palpitations, irritable thoughts and insomnia, have sweating and heat intolerance, and can have tremors.

Here’s what I also learned about this meetup:

  • Taking contraceptive pills and other medicines can also trigger this disorders – contraceptives are more common to be the cause of thyroid disorders for women. Other maintenance medicines can also be a cause for this disorders too.
  • It can also be hereditary – If you have relatives who have thyroid disorders, or relatives who have, or died of thyroid cancer, then there’s a big chance that you have one too.
  • Thyroid disorders can be a prelude to major diseases – that is why it is important to take note of the symptoms and have it checked, before it’s too late.
  • If you are diagnosed to have thyroid cancer, don’t fret! – Thyroid cancer is curable if detected early.

To learn more information about thyroid disorders, you can visit www.thyroid.ph. And remember, it pays a lot to be informed. 

 

Amway’s Nutrilite Health Run 2016

 

Nutrilite, the world’s number one vitamin and dietary supplement brand from Amway, will be staging the Nutrilite Health Run 2016.

Now on its 4th year, the said running event aims to gather more than 20,000 runners from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, as they want to promote an active lifestyle to everyone joining the event.

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Race Details:

Event title: Nutrilite Health Run 2016

Race Owner: AMWAY Philippines

Brand Presentor: Nutrilite

Organizer: Cosmic Gate Innovations Co.

Race Dates:

  • January 24, 2016 – SM Mall of Asia Grounds, Pasay City
  • February 14, 2016 – ADC CDO, Perla Compania De Seguros Bldg., Don Apolinar Velez Street, CDO City
  • February 21, 2016 – ADC Davao, Unit A Lim Bldg., cor. Quimpo Blvd. and Tulip Drive Ecoland, Matina, Davao City

Race Categories:

  • 10k (350 pesos) – includes shirt, bib and car sticker
  • 5k (350 pesos) – includes shirt, bib and car sticker

** All finishers will receive the following:  free sign-up for non-AMWAY business owners, Nutrilite drawstring bag, Nutrilite pen, P500 gift voucher

Bib Design:

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Registration sites:

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Race Routes:

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Race Promos:

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Participating Brands:

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GIVEAWAY GIVEAWAY! :D

I’ll be giving away 5k race kits to 5 winners! I’ll make the mechanics easy this time for everyone, simply follow the instructions below:

I’d like to join Amway’s Nutrilite Health Run on January 24 at the SM Mall of Asia! Check out http://sailorstarcatcher.net/2016/01/04/amways-nutrilite-health-run-2016/ for more details.

  • Make sure that your post is set in PUBLIC.
  • Post the shared post (from your profile) to rafflecopter

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Note that I’ll be verifying your entries ok? :D I’ll be posting the lucky winners on January 15!

So goodluck, and see you at the race!

 

 

 

 

SpeEd UnLIMITed – a Very Special Run

It is a challenge for every family if they have a loved one who needs special attention. Children who are gifted with special needs require immediate attention for they simply cannot function like us normal

beings.

The “SpeEd inLIMITed – a Very Special Run” – is a run for a cause for children with special needs. The said run is organized by Pinoy Aspiring Runners (PAR), a running group that is also known for its line of running events that is mostly for a cause. The race will be held on January 31, 2016, 4:00am at the CCP complex.

Proceeds of the SpeEd inLIMITed run will be given to The Children’s World.

Race Details:

Event Title: SpeEd inLIMITed – a Very Special Run

Organizer: Pinoy Aspiring Runners (PAR)

Venue: CCP Complex

Date: January 31, 2016

Categories:

  • 16k (P800) – inclusive of singlet, bib, medal, finisher’s shirt
  • 10k (P650) – inclusive of singlet, bib, medal
  • 5k (P500) – inclusive of singlet, bib, medal
  • *1k (P350) – inclusive of singlet, bib, medal

* Each child participant with special needs will get an additional race bib for free, and the guardian of the special child participant can register for free, provided that they will show the PWD or SPED school ID upon registration.

Singlet Design:

Finisher’s Shirt Design:

Finisher’s Medal Design:

Race Route:

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For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/SpeEdunLIMITed1/?fref=ts

See you at the race!

I Run For Integrity – Race Kit Winners! :D

First of all, I apologize for the late announcement of the I Run For Integrity race kit giveaway. Day job and sickness made me busy these days, along with the series of blog commitments that I attended last friday.

You see, Blogging is one of my hobbies that I’m currently juggling with my day job as a digital marketer. Integrity is something that I instill in everything that I do, particularly in my blogging stint and in my work. It’s not something that is the easiest thing to do, but it has to be done.

The reason why I’m having this giveaway is that, I strongly believe in this advocacy, not because the boyfriend has been part of it, or my current employer is also applying the concept of integrity, but because it can be a reason of change in our country.

Integrity starts with an I – as long as we are practicing its very concept, we can be part of the solution. We can eradicate dishonesty, eliminate the guilt, applying the truth and live in peace. That way, we can all succeed.

Apologies for the sudden rant btw. Well anyway… Check out the rafflecopter for the winners! Congratulations Mich Santillan and Rodzel Alaman for winning two racekits each! :D

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For those who are asking, why 2 racekits each winner and why only 2 winners for this giveaway? The reason why there are only two winners is that they are the ONLY ones who followed the rafflecopter instructions (remember, integrity!)

Congratulations guys! Pls wait for my email for instructions and see you on the race! :D