Dr. Myrna Cabotaje, director of the Department of Health (DOH) National Center for Disease Prevention and Control, said the immunization is expected to give birth to a generation of Filipinos who are liberated from Hepatitis B.
"It is more practical in a sense that you prevent the infection early on in life.If you complete the three doses needed, it will offer immediate protection to the child," she
The proposed law will supercede Republic Act (RA) 7846 or the Hepatitis Vaccination Law, which mandates that pregnant women who are positive for Hepatitis B be vaccinated to prevent them from infecting their babies.
Each Hepatitis B vaccine costs P13 per dose while vaccines for polio, measles, diphtheria and other diseases that are covered by the DOH's
expanded immunization program cost much lower.Cabotaje
admitted that over the last four years, only around 40 percent of newborn infants were being immunized against the liver disease, which is way below the 80 to 100 percent global target.