Health Ministry mulling import of anti-dengue vaccine | Daily News

Health Ministry mulling import of anti-dengue vaccine


 The Health Ministry is mulling the import of Denvaxia, the vaccine against dengue, to be used in Sri Lanka. A French company produces Denvaxia  which has been used since 2015 in countries such as Mexico, Brazil, the Philippines, Colombia, with successful results.

Peradeniya University Senior Lecturer, Consultant Physician Dr. Udaya Relapanawa said they would find out if Sri Lanka had adequate funds to import the vaccine and if the vaccine will be effective in Sri Lanka.

Dr. Relapanawa said the vaccine offered immunity to people between the ages of nine and 45 years against dengue virus types, 1, 2, 3 and 4 at different levels.

The vaccine is to be administered in three phases: the second vaccine six months of the first vaccine and the third vaccine one year after the second vaccine. It is expected that the vaccine will be given to people in high-risk areas.  

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