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Jakarta Post

City plans free mass immunization drive

  • Callistasia Anggun Wijaya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, January 4 2018   /  12:27 am

Following an alarming rise in diphtheria cases across the country, the Jakarta administration plans to hold a mass vaccination program that will not only cover children, but also adults in the hope of breaking the chain of infections prior to the upcoming Asian Games.

The capital, together with Banten and West Java, has run the government’s outbreak response immunization (ORI) program, which focuses on children aged 1 to 19, since Dec. 11.

About 59 percent of the targeted 1.9 million people have been inoculated.

Unfortunately, the mass immunization program has yet to stop the outbreak.

The city recorded 109 diphtheria cases with two fatalities at the end of 2017, a significant increase from 17 cases in 2016.

While most of those infected are children, 38.5 percent of adults aged above 19 have also been afflicted by the disease, the Jakarta Health Agen...