The world’s first dengue vaccine, Dengvaxia, has been given the green light by the Health Sciences Authority (HSA), and will be available here in Singapore, in a few months.
The dengue virus has four distinct strains and Dengvaxia is the most effective for people who have had dengue before as compared to the other two strains that are more common here.
Nonetheless, experts say it still holds promise against the mosquito-borne virus, which had infected 12,054 people (as of Oct 4) so far this year, surpassing the number for the whole of last year.
The HSA, which has been studying the vaccine since March, fast-tracked its approval process because of public health concerns. But, is the new dengue vaccine safe for children?
Here’s 7 things you need to know about Dengvaxia.
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