Vaccines still best weapon vs infectious diseases: WHO


Posted at Mar 14 2018 01:21 PM | Updated as of Jan 21 2020 01:32 PM

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The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday reminded the public that vaccination is still the best way to fight infectious diseases.

Dr. Kohei Toda, an immunization officer of the WHO, encouraged the public not to lose trust in vaccines, saying these undergo numerous trials before being released on the market.

"The vaccine is effective because there are a lot of trials of the vaccines. They only release the vaccine which is effective," he said on ANC's "Early Edition."

Vaccines, however, are not always 100 percent effective, according to Toda, but are usually 90 percent effective which is "good enough" to stop the transmission of infectious diseases.

"If we give the vaccine and the parents and the public receive the vaccine on a routine basis, we will not see an outbreak. This is why we try to give the information [on vaccination]," he said.

Toda's comments come amid the nationwide health scare over the suspended dengue immunization program of the government and the reported measles outbreak in at least 3 parts of the country.

-ANC Early Edition, March 14, 2018