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HERDIN Record #: PCHRDPC020061 Submitted: 16 May 2007 Modified: 22 August 2019

Developing an immunization safety surveillance system in the Philippines.

 Shin S,
 Habacon CA,
 Hartigan-Go K,
 Mansoor O,
 Roces MC

Mehta et al. have outlined the principles for developing a national system for monitoring adverse events following immunization (AEFIs). The AEFI surveillance was found to be feasible and valuable during the 1998 measles mass vaccination campaign in the Philippines. Building on the experience of the measles campaign and in order to improve the regulatory capacity of the Philippine Bureau of Food and Drugs, a working group was subsequently formed to develop an Immunization Safety Surveillance System in the country (ISSS). Each of the key agencies was represented, as were private physicians and academia. Overall, the working group identified three key elements for the ISSS, including system, training, and advocacy, and has created a sub-committee to accelerate work in each of these areas. Testing of the system will be done in the province of Bohol, where a pneumococcal vaccine trial will start in mid-2000. It was noted during the process that developing a system is a collaborative approach involving all the key agencies, so as to utilize all relevant experience. Moreover, the need to train health workers and field epidemiologists; to build networks and develop media skills to respond to anti-immunization allegations; and to involve the private sector and academia was recognized. (Author)

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