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.

When Jean Valjean gives me the feels! (The Les Miserables experience)

Went with my sister to watch the Manila Leg of Les Miserables few months back and it was MINDBLOWN! I am soooo in love with the actor who is playing Jean Valjean, he has the best tenor voice that I’ve ever heard, especially when he sang “Bring Home”. Right in the feels, I tell you! Naiyak ako, huhuhu!

I can only comment on the location though. Compared to my experience watching Wicked and The Phantom of the Opera in CCP Main theater, I still preferred watching musicals in CCP than in Solaire, for many reasons:

  • The theater vibe.
  • The sound system. CCP has more surround sound than in Solaire.
  • The after-event scenario. We were informed by the staff to *courteously* exit the theater immediately after the show. I’ve been in too many shows in CCP and I’ve never experienced anything like this, seriously.
  • Cheap dining establishments (lol!) for CCP has Jollibee, Mang Inasal, KFC, etc. sori na tipid mode eh!
  • We don’t know where the artist entrance/exit is located LOL! My sister (who is more of a theater geek than I am) see to it that we’ll be having a photo op and/or an autograph from the artists in the event.

Perhaps the advantage for having the event situated in Solaire is the parking (for car owners lol) and the convenience of playing in the casinos after the event. Dining establishments are also present in solaire, but definitely more pricey. It can do a state-of-the-art stage design and lighting (something that CCP can also do, but much less) And did I say that they have a stable internet connection for everyone to enjoy?

puma-Fantine, lol!

But anyway, it was an amazing experience for me. I look forward for my next musical/concert that we’ll be watching soon. J  now what to watch next?

The Powerpuff girls are back!

Sugar! Spice! And everything nice!

The Powerpuff girls are back! One of my all-time series from Cartoon Network gets a much-needed comeback, now better, bolder and braver! The much-anticipated reboot is a breath of fresh air since its original cartoon series, and its anime reboot (also named The Powerpuff Girls Z) years ago.

To commemorate the much-awaited comeback of the cutesy crime-fighting trio, Toy Kingdom and SM Mall of Asia held a special launch last October 22, 2016 at the SM Mall of Asia Atrium. During the event, the kids (and the kids at heart) enjoyed the fun-filled activities and the freebies available upon registration at the launch.

Mojo Jojo!

The Powerpuff Girls merchandise were also available during the launch. The range of toys are exclusively distributed by Richprime Global inc. and is now available at leading toy stores and department stores nationwide.

Here’s the opening video of the much better, bolder and braver Powerpuff Girls, enjoy!