The Jakarta Post
The Health Ministry says it will increase activities in promoting its routine, comprehensive immunization program, which gives longer protection from diseases that are preventable through vaccination.
“We will more actively campaign not only about basic, comprehensive immunization but also routine, comprehensive immunization,” the ministry’s disease prevention and control director general, Anung Sugihantono, told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday. Routine, comprehensive immunization consists of basic and booster vaccinations.
Routine, comprehensive immunization consists of hepatitis B (aged 0-24 hours); BCG, polio 1 (1 month); DPT-HB-Hib 1, polio 2 (2 months); DPT-HB-Hib 2, polio 3 (3 months); DPT-HB, Hib 3, polio 4, IPV (4 months); measles/MR (9 months); DPT-HB-Hib, MR (18 months); measles/MR, DT (first grader); Td (first grader); and Td (fifth grader).
The government expanded its basic, comprehensive immunization program to become routine, comprehensive immunization last month.
Anung said the government’s follow-up immunization program had run since 2013. The follow-up immunization program, delivered during School Children Immunization Month, started in 1998.
Anung conceded that people were more familiar with the basic, comprehensive immunization program, which protected children against hepatitis B, poliomyelitis, tuberculosis, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, pneumonia and meningitis caused by hemophilus influenza type B (Hib) and measles.
“This is why some Indonesians think that children need only basic, comprehensive immunization, which is given when they are babies. This is something we want to change,” said Anung.