Inoculation against dengue fever urged

Vaccine estimated to help in 65% of cases

A pest-control worker fumigates a community in Bangkok in April 2017, as part of measures to combat the spread of dengue fever. (Bangkok Post file photo)

The public should get dengue vaccinations, which work better for those who have already been exposed to the virus, Assoc Prof Tawee Chotpitayasunondh, president of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society of Thailand, has advised.

Dr Tawee said dengue vaccinations, first introduced into private hospitals in Thailand last year, are crucial in curbing sickness and death in the country.

The cost for one injection stands at 2,000 baht for the manufacturer, he said, adding the actual price per injection may differ depending on the hospital.

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