Clinical trial for dengue vaccine held in Laguna

Clinical testing for a dengue vaccine was successfully carried out in San Pablo, Laguna, with further tests to be done in Cebu City, the Department of Health (DOH) said.

The vaccine, which being developed by a pharmaceutical company, could be made available to the public by 2014.

“It is so promising that we are confident that by 2014, we will have the dengue vaccine,” said Dr. Eric Tayag, head of the DOH's National Epidemiology Center.

The vaccine is in phase 3 of development and is considered as the most advanced dengue strategy in the world.

It can fight 4 strains of dengue, health officials said.

“When you give the child the vaccine, the child develops adequate levels of antibodies and these antibodies mean that the child will be protected from the disease,” said Dr. Rose Capeding.

According to the DOH, individuals diagnosed with dengue have reached 45,333 this year, with deaths reaching 267.

In the past 2 weeks, the health department has recorded 6,000 new cases of dengue. -- Report from Pia Gutierrez, ABS-CBN News