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Fake vaccines are not dangerous: Pediatrics body

  • Callistasia Anggun Wijaya
    Callistasia Anggun Wijaya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, July 18, 2016   /  06:59 pm
Fake vaccines are not dangerous: Pediatrics body The discovery of illegal vaccines in Tangerang, Wednesday, prompted a swift reaction from Indonesian vaccine manufacturer Bio Farma. (Shutterstock/-)

Amid growing public concern in the wake of the fake vaccine scandal, the Indonesian Pediatrician Association (IDAI) has assured the public that the fake vaccines do not contain any substances that could threaten children’s health.

According to the IDAI’s investigation, the fake vaccines only contain Sodium Chloride (NaCl), hepatitis vaccine and gentamycin. These substances are not dangerous to children, although there is a risk of infection if vaccines are unsterilized, IDAI chairman Aman Bhakti Pulungan said on Monday.

“These chemicals are the contents [of vaccines] that are usually received by children. We expect that these substances will not have a long-term impact on kids. The serious effect of the fake vaccines is that children are not actually protected by the vaccinations, therefore we have decided to carry out revaccinations,” Aman said.

The Health Ministry has opened fake vaccine posts in 14 health facilities that had distributed the fake vaccines to patients as revealed by Health Minister Nila F Moeloek on Thursday. Parents can also call the Health Ministry hotline on 150067, to request further information. 

“There will not be any danger from the revaccination,” Aman said. (dan)

 

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