Girl hospitalized after receiving DOH vaccines?

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 04 2015 12:00 PM | Updated as of Oct 04 2015 08:00 PM

A 12-year-old girl is now battling a serious illness at a hospital a week after she received vaccines from the Department of Health (DOH), according to her parents.

"Ronald" and "Cindy," parents of the girl, said their child started feeling symptoms and was eventually hospitalized after receiving anti-tetanus and anti-measles shots from the Health Department.

"She felt pain under her arm and she could not move her neck," Cindy said.

Ronald and Cindy suspect that their daughter's illness may have something to do with the vaccines given by the government agency.

However, the DOH said it is unlikely that the vaccines caused the child's illness even if the symptoms showed up after the vaccination.

"I don't think it's because of the vaccines. It could be a viral infection that causes encephalitis," said Health Secretary Janette Garin.

The DOH further dismissed the suspicion and assured the public that the vaccines are safe, adding that those are certified by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The department also vowed to help in the child's medical expenses.