Anti-vaccine movements gaining ground on the back of rising religious conservatism and the thriving internet are threatening to foil Indonesia’s painstaking effort to achieve its goal of 100 percent immunization. This worrying trend has seen the comeback of preventable diseases like diphtheria.

by Moses Ompusunggu, Ika Krismantari, Hotli Simanjuntak, Syofiardi Bachyul Jb and Wahyoe Boediwardhana

Anti-vaccine movements gaining ground on the back of rising religious conservatism and the thriving internet are threatening to foil Indonesia’s painstaking effort to achieve its goal of 100 percent immunization. This worrying trend has seen the comeback of preventable diseases like diphtheria. The Jakarta Post’s Moses Ompusunggu and Ika Krismantari examine how the activism has undermi...