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Watsons now offering vaccination services in-store

There are more than 25 safe and effective vaccines that can stop diseases, protect health, and mitigate outbreaks. Below are three diseases that can be prevented by vaccines:

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, four million deaths are prevented by childhood vaccination every year.[1] The COVID-19 pandemic further highlighted how important it is to be inoculated, and many updated their vaccinations to stay healthy.

There are more than 25 safe and effective vaccines that can stop diseases, protect health, and mitigate outbreaks.[2] Below are three diseases that can be prevented by vaccines:

Influenza

Influenza, or the flu, is a contagious respiratory illness that infects the nose, throat, and even the lungs at any time of the year.[3] It is marked by fevers, chills, coughing, a sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, and fatigue. It is transmitted through close contact with an infected person, or even touching objects contaminated by the virus.[4] Compared to the common cold, the flu is worse and its symptoms are more intense.[5] It causes mild to severe illness, and even death.[6] Up to 650,000 people worldwide die from the flu each year.[7]

This year, the dominant flu strain circulating the globe is Influenza A (H3N2) and it has been associated with more severe flu seasons. Meanwhile, subtype H3N2 is known to cause more severe illnesses in young children and older adults.[8]

Pneumonia

Pneumonia is a lung infection that causes the air sacs to be filled with fluid or pus.[9] Its symptoms include coughing, fever, sweating, chills, shortness of breath, chest pain, loss of appetite, fatigue, and nausea and vomiting.[10] Pneumonia is caused by a variety of factors such as viruses, bacteria, and fungi. It is the single largest infectious cause of death in children around the world.[11]

Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

Human Papillomavirus, or HPV, is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections in the world.[12] There are usually no symptoms and it goes away on its own, but the virus may cause painless growths or lumps around the genital area.[13] It is usually transmitted via sex or skin-to-skin sexual contact with an individual who has the virus. If untreated, HPV infections can cause cancer.[14]

Vaxx Office Campaign

Watsons continues to lead the way in promoting and providing access to holistic health and wellness solutions, expert care and advice, and a platform for health literacy. The global brand in health and beauty retail is offering vaccination services for the Influenza A (H3N2), pneumonia, and HPV in its network of more than 1,000 stores in the Philippines.

Aside from its in-store vaccination services, Watsons is launching its Vaxx Office campaign to capture public interest and raise awareness on the importance of timely vaccinations.

Vaxx Office features a series of trailers and posters for what appear to be movies with post-apocalyptic themes. The striking visuals of the campaign aim to highlight how routine vaccinations can keep the dangers of flu, cancer-linked HPV, and pneumonia at bay.

An exclusive screening of the trailers together with a movie block screening will be held with medical partners and the media before they go live in cinemas and on social media. Meanwhile, the mock movie posters will be situated just outside cinema theaters, underpasses, and on billboards all over Metro Manila.

“There are many diseases to watch out for, but advances in medicine have allowed us to protect ourselves through vaccination. Watsons is making it easier to protect ourselves by making immunization more accessible and affordable,” shared Jared de Guzman, Watsons Customer Director.

“We encourage everyone to get vaccinated to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and even the community. It is the safest and most effective way of stopping infectious diseases,” shares  shares Dr. Lulu Bravo, Executive Director, Philippine Foundation for Vaccination.

Customers interested in getting vaccinated at Watsons may schedule their inoculation for April 27 to 30 via the Watsons Health Hub online. Early registrants can enjoy 10% off their vaccine and Php 50 off on Php 500 worth of purchases of Watsons products.

To book a vaccination, please visit vaccination.watsons.com.ph/. For more information about Watsons’ products and services, download the Watsons app on the App Store or Google Play.


[1] Fast Facts on Global Immunization. (Updated 2022, Sep 22). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, https://www.cdc.gov/globalhealth/immunization/data/fast-facts.html#:~:text=4%20million%20deaths%20worldwide%20are%20prevented%20by%20childhood%20vaccination%20every%20year. Accessed 21 Mar 2023

[2] Fast Facts on Global Immunization. (Updated 2022, Sep 22). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, https://www.cdc.gov/globalhealth/immunization/data/fast-facts.html#:~:text=4%20million%20deaths%20worldwide%20are%20prevented%20by%20childhood%20vaccination%20every%20year. Accessed 21 Mar 2023

[3] Key Facts About Influenza (Flu). (Last reviewed 2022, Oct 24). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/keyfacts.htm#:~:text=Flu%20is%20a%20contagious%20respiratory,Flu%20Symptoms. Accessed 21 Mar 2023

[4] Flu (Influenza). (Last reviewed 2020, Aug 13). Penn Medicine, https://www.pennmedicine.org/for-patients-and-visitors/patient-information/conditions-treated-a-to-z/flu-influenza#:~:text=Most%20people%20get%20the%20flu,often%20confuse%20colds%20and%20flu. Accessed 22 Mar 2023

[5] Cold Versus Flu. (Last reviewed 2022, Sep 29). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, https://www.cdc.gov/flu/symptoms/coldflu.htm#:~:text=Influenza%20(flu)%20and%20the%20common,%2C%20parainfluenza%2C%20and%20seasonal%20coronaviruses. Accessed 21 Mar 2023

[6]  Key Facts About Influenza (Flu). (Last reviewed 2022, Oct 24). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/keyfacts.htm#:~:text=Flu%20is%20a%20contagious%20respiratory,Flu%20Symptoms. Accessed 21 Mar 2023

[7] COVID-19 vs. the Flu. (Updated 2022, Jul 29). John Hopkins Medicine, https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/coronavirus/coronavirus-disease-2019-vs-the-flu. Accessed 22 Mar 2023

[8] H3N2 Flu Strain: What to Know About the Deadly Outbreak in India. (2023, March 13). Julia Ries, https://www.healthline.com/health-news/h3n2-flu-strain-what-to-know-about-the-deadly-outbreak-in-india. Accessed 24 April 2023.

[9] What Is Pneumonia? (Last updated 2022, Mar 24). National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/pneumonia#:~:text=Pneumonia%20is%20an%20infection%20that,or%20fungi%20may%20cause%20pneumonia. Accessed 22 Mar 2023

[10] Pneumonia Symptoms and Diagnosis. (Last updated 2022, Nov 17). American Lung Association, https://www.lung.org/lung-health-diseases/lung-disease-lookup/pneumonia/symptoms-and-diagnosis. Accessed 22 Mar 2023

[11] Pneumonia in children. (2022, Nov 11). World Health Organization, https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/pneumonia#:~:text=Pneumonia%20is%20a%20form%20of,painful%20and%20limits%20oxygen%20intake. Accessed 22 Mar 2023

[12] Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine. (No date). Pan American Health Organization, https://www.paho.org/en/human-papillomavirus-hpv-vaccine. Accessed 22 Mar 2023

[13] Human papillomavirus (HPV). (Last reviewed 2022, May 27). National Health Service, https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/human-papilloma-virus-hpv/. Accessed 22 Mar 2023

[14] National Cancer Institute. (Updated 2023, Jan 31). National Cancer Institute, https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/infectious-agents/hpv-and-cancer. Accessed 22 Mar 2023.

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USANA Philippines celebrates 15-year anniversary

Beyond awards, the community it empowers is the true measure of success. From employees to Associates, life-changing opportunities allow them to grow both personally and professionally.

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USANA Philippines recently celebrated its 15-year anniversary in it its ongoing mission to maintain wellness. Company executives, ambassadors, Associates, and product users all attended this grand celebration — a testament to the unwavering commitment to reach one million families worldwide.  

Since its launch in 2009, USANA Philippines has received numerous accolades: Named among the best companies to work for in the country by the HR Asia Awards; Winning the prestigious Linchpin Award from the Asia Pacific Enterprise Awards (APEA); Recognized by Euromonitor as the Number 1 Vitamins and Dietary Supplements Brand in the Philippines for five consecutive years. 

But beyond awards, the community it empowers is the true measure of success. From employees to Associates, life-changing opportunities allow them to grow both personally and professionally.

When Analan Omambing, assistant customer service manager, joined USANA she was shy and introverted, but the support she’s received has pushed her to step up as a team leader.  “The career growth and personal development I gained here have transformed my personality significantly,” she says.  

USANA Philippines also creates ways to form meaningful relationships.  

“Direct selling, especially USANA, is all about relationships,” says Aurora Gaston, vice president for sales development.   

As the first employee hired by USANA Philippines, Loudelle Cinco, USANA’s regional controller in the Philippines, Thailand, and Indonesia has experienced it all.  

“One of the things I treasure is the friendship, having a family in USANA. This position has paved the way to building great and lasting relationships.”  

Over the past 15 years, USANA has seen a shift in their Associate’s perspectives — from a focus on individual success to embracing a more collaborative and inclusive view of the community.  

“This comprehensive development approach underscores USANA’s commitment to not only enhance the lives of our Associates but also empower them to make a meaningful difference in the world” shared Cherry Dionisio-Ampig, general manager for USANA Philippines.  

USANA consistently strives to make an impact by being responsive to shifts in consumer behavior. Changes made over the years include strengthening the brand through collaboration, embracing the evolution of social media, and ensuring Associates can effortlessly introduce USANA’s products to the world. And as USANA Philippines celebrates this milestone, its vigor to sustain wins and touch more lives grows even stronger.  

“We are dedicated to ongoing research and innovation to develop products that not only meet — but exceed — the expectations of families worldwide. By focusing on efficacy and quality, we aim to be the trusted partner in every family’s journey towards maintaining wellness” Cherry says.   

The 15-Year “Ignite the Vibe” celebration was held at the Marriot Hotel Grand Ballroom. It’s the final touch to the anniversary festivities that kicked off with a Thanksgiving Day event in January.

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Independence Day at Ortigas Malls celebrates Filipino heroes, culture, music

On June 12, GH Mall, Tiendesitas, and Estancia will kick off their Independence Day celebrations in exciting ways, and shoppers shouldn’t miss them.

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Independence Day (Araw ng Kalayaan) is a celebration of historical and modern heroes who have fought for Filipinos’ freedom. As we welcome the annual holiday, Ortigas Malls has prepared a series of events and activities that highlight our history and colorful culture.

On June 12, GH Mall, Tiendesitas, and Estancia will kick off their Independence Day celebrations in exciting ways, and shoppers shouldn’t miss them:

Greenhills

Starting at 10am, GH Mall will hold a Pagtaas ng Watawat (flag-raising ceremony) at the East Wing Atrium of GH Mall. A Marching Band will also energize shoppers at 12pm.

From 3pm to 6pm, there will be an entertaining and educational Likhang Sining at Kalayaan presentation by the Tanghalang Tula, Kundiman at Katutubong Sayaw. This wonderful display of talent will highlight our beloved Filipino culture through different facets of art.

Shoppers can also marvel at the extraordinary Philippine flag display at GH Mall made out of 1,400 origami flowers courtesy of Origami Philippines. The origami flowers symbolize the enduring bonds and deep-rooted friendships that define Filipino culture. Feel free to take photos in front of the display and share it on social media!

Tiendesitas

Known for being a home of local goods and handicrafts, Tiendesitas is celebrating Independence Day with a whole day of musical performances. Start the day off with a heart-thumping Marching Band performance at Level 1, Food Village from 10am to 11:30am. Musika’t Kalayaan at Level 2, Food Village will delight shoppers with Filipino tunes from 3pm to 9pm.

Estancia

Estancia Mall will also showcase local music for its Independence Day celebration. From 10am to 7pm, shoppers can sing and dance to their favorite P-pop songs at the P-Pop Music Fest: Hiraya at 2/F East Wing. They can also catch the Independence Day Marching Band performance on the ground floor of the East Wing from 11am to 12pm. 

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Red Bull Dance Your Style returns

The winners of each qualifier will advance to the National Finals, happening on September7. The winning finalist will proudly represent the Philippines in the upcoming Red Bull Dance Your Style World Finals in India, scheduled for November 9, 2024.

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Red Bull Dance Your Style, the  global 1-on-1 street dance competition renowned for its emphasis on freestyle and improvisational skills among dancers, is returning to the Philippines for its third consecutive year.

Following its highly successful previous editions, Red Bull Dance Your Style is back to ignite the streets of the Philippines with even more explosive battles, spotlighting the incredible talents of the country’s top dancers. Each round of the competition will challenge dancers to show off their talent and creativity as they battle it out to a random selection of songs, ranging from iconic classics to contemporary dance hits.

What sets this electrifying dance competition apart is its unique battle format, where the audience holds the power to crown the victor. This distinct setup fuels the atmosphere, empowering dancers to unleash their full potential and captivate the audience with every move.

Red Bull Dance Your Style Year 3: Spreading the Beat Across the Nation

Red Bull Dance Your Style’s much-awaited comeback is taking the battle beyond the streets of Manila to every corner of the archipelago. The competition is open to Philippine residents, aged 18 years and above, who exhibit exceptional skill, dedication, and passion for street dancing. The quest to find the next wave of top Philippine dance talents will reach four major cities: Baguio, Manila, Davao, and Cebu, culminating in the qualifiers in Davao (June 29), Cebu (July 13), and Manila (July 27).

“We are so excited to have the third edition of Red Bull Dance Your Style in the Philippines,” said Philippine All-Stars legend Lema Diaz, who is returning as this year’s dance consultant. “It’s definitely gonna be bigger and better this year!”

Diaz shared that Red Bull Dance Your Style has expanded its search for the top Filipino dance talents for its third year in the Philippines. “This year, we have included North Luzon (Baguio) and Mindanao (Davao) in the mix for our search for the dancer who has charisma, skills, and passion,” explained Diaz. “Expect a tougher competition this year.”

She added, “Since its first edition, Red Bull Dance Your Style has brought the dance community closer and we have grown a lot stronger. It has been an avenue to come together and collaborate, learn from each other, and inspire one another. Every year is a chance for us to keep that momentum and witness greatness from our local dance community.”

Diaz offered her expert advice to this year’s aspiring dancers saying, “It’s important to show your dance, be you. Be confident and embrace your strength. Be prepared to perform for the crowd, they will be rooting for you. Don’t forget to have a lot of fun!”

The winners of each qualifier will advance to the National Finals, happening on September7. The winning finalist will proudly represent the Philippines in the upcoming Red Bull Dance Your Style World Finals in India, scheduled for November 9, 2024.

Follow the Red Bull Dance Your Style journey and stay tuned for more details about the upcoming auditions. Don’t miss out on the chance to be part of Red Bull Dance Your Style Philippines. See you on the streets!

For more information and updates regarding this year’s season of Red Bull Dance Your Style, visit the official Red Bull website and the following social media pages (Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Tiktok )

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