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Antivaccine groups warned

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, January 13 2018   /  12:02 am

People’s reluctance to get their newborns vaccinated has been blamed as one of the main causes of the recent diphtheria outbreaks in 30 provinces across Indonesia.

Some communities question whether the vaccine is halal, while others reject the vaccination due to prevailing doubts about the effectiveness of vaccination as campaigned by antivaccine groups in the country.

The government could have decided to take legal action against the antivaccine movements, which have hindered the national immunization program. However, the government has opted for a more persuasive approach to encourage citizens to vaccinate their children.

“It is possible for us to refer to the law on child protection [to sanction those who refuse vaccination]; but right now, we are focusing our attention more on taking a persuasive approach,” Health Minister Nila F. Moeloek said in a discuss...