MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Health (DoH) on Tuesday urged the public to get vaccine shots against the A(H1N1) virus.
Dr. Lyndon Lee Suy, DoH manager on emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, said free vaccines are available, but clarified these will only be given to those belonging to high-risk groups.
He said the free vaccines, donated by the World Health Organization, will be given to: the pregnant, individuals below 5 years old and above 60 years old, and those with chronic morbidity.
The DoH’s call comes on the back of reports that 6 students in Candon City, Ilocos Sur have contracted the virus.
The DoH has already announced this should not be a cause of alarm. It however said there will be continuous monitoring and prevention against the spread of the dreaded virus.
“We would be encouraging people in this high-risk group to avail of these vaccines while the supplies are there. They can go to our office,” Lee Suy said.
He stressed the “vaccine is also available in the market for those private citizens who will be able to buy their own vaccines.”
Media focus on the A(H1N1) virus has been tempered, after WHO received complaints of its adverse effects on the world economy.
The country reportedly had its first case in May 2009.
Like a regular flu, the common symptoms of A(H1N1) are: fever, headache, fatigue, muscle or joint pains, lack of appetite, runny nose, sore throat, cough, nausea and vomiting in some cases.