"Be a Wall" against Dengue, get yourself vaccinated
When I was away from my kids 4 years ago to be exact. My son was hospitalized and diagnosed of Dengue fever. I was working abroad. My eldest daughter called up and told me that my son had an on-and-off fever and a body malaise. I checked on them everytime I got my chance even at work. The son was hospitalized for 6 days and discharged after his temperature went stable. This was not the first time he contacted the disease, he got it when he was 7 months old, in his teenage years and now in his 20s. I am praying though that he would not catch the dreaded disease again same for his siblings and your kids too. Just like any parent, I was praying for a dengue vaccine then which was on its way to be invented. God is good because my prayer was answered today.
Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccine division of multinational pharmaceutical company and industry leader, launches “Be a Wall” campaign to mobilize the citizenry in a nation-wide campaign against the spread of dengue.
The campaign aims to build awareness among Filipinos parents and inform them how they can better protect themselves and their loved ones against the fastest-growing mosquito borne disease. It also aims to educate them about the multi-pronged ways to prevent dengue infection – vector-control, disease information and vaccination.
Sanofi celebrity ambassadors Maricel Pangilinan, Paola Abrera and Tintin Babao graced the event together with Sanofi Pasteur executives, medical practitioners and media last October 25 at Novotel, Manila. The celebrity ambassadors shared their dengue story/experience to the media and ways on how to prevent it and "be a wall" against the disease.
Dengue remains to be one of the fastest-growing mosquito-borne diseases in the world and the Philippines ranks among the top-three countries affected by it. Cebu City, for example, has just declared a state of calamity with over 5,821 dengue cases recorded as of October 2016. Other areas considered as the most infected hotspots include Metro Manila or NCR, Region IV-A or CALABARZON, Northern Mindanao, SOCCSKSARGEN, Central Luzon, and Western Visayas.
The Be a Wall campaign will also engage Filipinos by inviting them to connect, share their experience, ask questions, and join a community that’s building the nation’s resistance against dengue. It aims to remind them of their role to step up the fight against the disease and to get involved by taking an active part in health matters that affect them and their families.
|Maricel Laxa Pangilinan|
“As responsible Filipino moms, let our voices be heard to raise awareness on dengue and let’s spread the good news that it is now a vaccine preventable disease. Each of us can now be a wall against dengue,”according to multi-awarded actress, Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan.
“It’s great news that there is a dengue vaccine now available in the market. As a public affairs anchor, I’m on top of the news everyday and it’s very alarming to note the rising dengue cases from different regions of our country. It’s definitely a relief for Filipino parents out there especially a father like me to be able to visit our doctors today and have our kids vaccinated,” – Paolo Abrera.
Celebrity mom, Christine Bersola-Babao also expresses her support for the dengue vaccine. “I am a mother of two and I want my kids (family) to be safe from life-threatening diseases like dengue. Aside from the vector control measures that we have been doing, we really need a new tool that will help us in fighting the epidemic and vaccination is the answer. I encourage other Filipino moms to ask their doctors about dengue vaccination today,” she shared.