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COMMENTARY: Ending anti-vaccine arguments for the sake of our young

  • Ika Krismantari
    Ika Krismantari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, July 6, 2017   /  08:20 am
COMMENTARY: Ending anti-vaccine arguments for the sake of our young A health official from the Waelengga community health center (Puskesmas) in Watunggene subdistrict, Kota Komba district, East Manggarai regency, Flores, East Nusa Tenggara, prepares a polio vaccine for a baby on the first day of national polio immunization week in March 2016. (thejakartapost.com/Markus Makur)

As a mother of two lovely and healthy daughters, I don’t really care about how other mothers raise their loved ones. Nor do I care whether they are working moms or stayat-home moms, breastfeeding, or whether they are helicopter moms or tiger moms. But dealing with anti-vaccination mothers is a different story. I believe they are arrogant and selfish people, who don’t really care that their decision not to vaccinate their children puts other children’s health at risk. The rise of anti-vaccination movements both abroad and in Indonesia is worrying. Anti-vaxxers’ voices have “been amplified by the human megaphone that is the president of the United States,” a TV host recently said, as Donald Trump has long voiced his convictions of a link between “increasing” cases of autism among children who have been vaccinated in a simultaneous &ldqu...