Jakarta (Rifyu.com) – The Indonesian Pediatrician Association (IDAI) stated that complete basic immunization is one of Indonesia’s assets to build a healthy and quality next generation in the future.
“Immunization is the easiest and cheapest way to do it, not only in terms of cost, but also an investment for the future. However, it is not enough just to give it, immunizations must also be completed according to the number and dosage,” said Member of the Indonesian Pediatrician Association Raihan in a Media Seminar entitled: Let’s Protect Yourself, Family and Society with Complete Immunization which was attended online in Jakarta, Thursday.
Raihan said that immunization has been widely recognized as one of the most successful and effective health interventions in the world. The World Health Organization (WHO) in 2018 noted that nearly three million more children were saved from death because of the role of immunization.
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Apart from being recognized by the WHO, the presence of immunization has also led to a significant reduction in the trend of mortality in children under five. This decline can be seen from the fact that in 1990 it reached 93 per 1,000 live births, dropping to 39 per 1,000 live births in 2018.
This significant reduction proves that immunization is able to break the chain of transmission for every infectious disease that is included in Immunization Preventable Diseases (PD3I), namely polio, measles and rubella.
“This gives us great hope that even other diseases, the highest goal of immunization, if we can eradicate them, will be eradicated from the face of this earth. However, actually there are diseases that we can prevent from becoming serious or even fatal, and this is an investment for the future,” he said.
He emphasized that immunization helps form antibodies that prevent Extraordinary Events (KLB) of a disease. Because, if in a community there are many who have not been immunized, infectious diseases will easily spread.
Diseases can also spread if the number of children immunized is small, through children who are not immunized or immunization coverage decreases. He gave an example of one child who has measles, can infect 12 to 18 children.
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Raihan said that to prevent PD3I from becoming an epidemic, every child must be immunized so that the spread of infectious diseases can be controlled through the formation of community immunity.
On that occasion, Raihan requested that the completeness of immunization be a concern for every family so that the trend of morbidity and the number of children admitted to the hospital can be suppressed, so that they can reach their goals in a healthier way.
“By completing immunizations according to the schedule and dose given, it helps provide optimal immunity to children, so that children are protected, families are protected, communities are protected and can grow and develop properly,” said the pediatrician on duty in Aceh Province.
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