Come on, Keep Completed Child Vaccinations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Come on, Keep Completed Child Vaccinations During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Come on, Keep Completed Child Vaccinations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

To prevent the spread of the Corona virus from spreading further, the government urges people to stay at home and avoid crowds, including hospitals. This makes it difficult for many parents to complete their child's vaccinations. So, what should be done?

The Corona virus pandemic has affected many things, including the child's immunization schedule. Not a few parents are hesitant to take their children to the hospital or he alth center for immunization for fear of contracting the virus that has infected millions of people around the world.

Come on, Keep Completed Child Vaccinations During the COVID-19 Pandemic - Alodokter

Keep the Immunization Schedule, Despite the COVID-19 Outbreak

The Indonesian Pediatrician Association (IDAI) has instructed that immunization services for children continue according to schedule, even though Indonesia is currently afflicted with the COVID-19 outbreak due to the Corona virus.

Compulsory complete basic immunization is given to children not without reason. Immunization through vaccines will help the child's immune system produce special antibodies to fight various dangerous infectious diseases that threaten children, such as hepatitis B, diphtheria, and polio.

If you skip immunizations, your child is feared to be vulnerable to contracting this disease and getting seriously ill. In addition, children are also at a higher risk of complications that are dangerous and can cause disability, even death.

Therefore, Mother needs to complete the immunization of the Little One according to the schedule set by the government, yes. The following is a schedule of basic immunizations that must be given to children according to their age:

  • Age 0 months: hepatitis B vaccine 0 + OPV 0 (oral poliovirus vaccine)
  • 1 month old: BCG vaccine
  • Age 2 months: pentavalent 1 vaccine (DPT vaccine + hepatitis B + Hib) + OPV 1
  • 3 months old: pentavalent vaccine 2 + OPV 2
  • Age 4 months: pentavalent vaccine 3 + OPV 3 + IPV
  • Age 9 months: MR 1 vaccine (measles vaccine)
  • Age 18 months: pentavalent vaccine 4 + OPV4 + MR 2

For the record, pentavalent + OPV vaccine can be replaced with hexavalent vaccine, which is a combination of pentavalent vaccine and IPV (inactivated poliovirus vaccine) which can be given in 1 injection.

In addition to the immunizations above, there is also an additional immunization schedule that can be given to children, namely:

  • 2 months old: PCV 1 (pneumococcal conjugate vaccine)
  • 4 months old: PCV 2
  • Age 6 months: PCV 3 + influenza vaccine 1
  • Age 7 months: influenza vaccine 2

If it is not possible for Mother or Little One to leave the house, additional immunizations can be postponed for a maximum of 1 month. However, as much as possible try to keep basic immunizations on schedule.

Tips to Prevent Corona Virus Transmission During Immunization

Before leaving for immunization to the puskesmas, posyandu, or hospital, it is better for you to contact the doctor or he alth service first to make an appointment. This is one of the anticipations so that Mother and Little One don't wait too long in the crowd.

Besides, don't forget to always carry a hand sanitizer in your mother's bag when you bring your little one's immunizations, okay? Mother and Little One are also required to wear a cloth mask while outside the house, either on a trip or at the immunization site.

Always apply physical distancing, which is to keep a distance of 1-2 meters from other people, when Mother and Little One are outside the house. When your little one is able to run around, hold on so he doesn't go anywhere, especially when in a he alth facility.

After immunizations are over, go home immediately and try to spend as little time outside as possible. Arriving at home, Mother and Little One must immediately wash their hands with soap and water, and change clothes.

If you still have questions regarding immunization or COVID-19 disease, you can chat directly with the doctor through the ALODOKTER application. In this application, Mother can also make a consultation appointment with a doctor at the hospital for examination and vaccination of children.

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