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Jakarta Post

Jakarta begins testing new dengue vaccine

  • Andreas D. Arditya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, June 8 2011   /  07:00 am

Eight hundred children throughout Jakarta are expected to receive doses of a new vaccine starting today (Wednesday), as part of region-wide trials of a new dengue fever vaccine.

Jakarta Health Agency chief Dien Emmawati said the test subjects would receive the shots at five community health centers in Jakarta.

The participating community health centers are in Senen in Central Jakarta, Tambora in West Jakarta, Koja in North Jakarta, Pasar Minggu in South Jakarta and Jatinegara in East Jakarta.

The trial will run five years.

“These community health centers will monitor the children for the next five years through regular health checkups,” Dien said at a press conference Tuesday.

In return, the parents of the children, who are between the ages of 2 and 14 years old, will be reimbursed for transportation costs to the health centers.

For the trial...