Dengue Vaccine, The first step to prevent the natural symptoms of DHF in children!
Dengue or dengue fever vaccine aims to prevent severe dengue hemorrhagic fever. Dengue fever is a deadly infectious disease in countries with tropical and subtropical climates, including Indonesia. Based on data from the Ministry of Health, from the beginning of the year to the 20th week of 2023, 33,027 cases of dengue fever were recorded with 258 deaths. This shows that dengue fever is one of the diseases that must be watched out for by the community.
What Causes Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever?
This disease is caused by infection with the Dengue virus which is transmitted through the bite of the Aedes aegypti mosquito. This mosquito is the cause of DHF which will transmit the virus when it bites and sucks the blood of its victim. This type of mosquito usually attacks in the morning and evening.
In addition, there are several risk factors that make Sahabat Hermina more susceptible to dengue fever, including:
- Living in or currently traveling to the tropics.
- Children, the elderly, and people with compromised immune systems.
What are the Symptoms of Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever?
Generally, the symptoms of DHF are characterized by a sudden high fever. Apart from high fever, here are some signs and symptoms of DHF:
- Nausea to vomiting
- Pain behind the eyes, bones and muscles
- A skin rash or reddish spots appear on the skin
- Sore throat accompanied by difficulty swallowing and drinking
- Bleeding such as nosebleeds, red spots on the skin, bleeding gums, black bowel movements, vomiting blood
After these symptoms appear, it will enter a critical phase for 2-3 days. In this phase, many people think they have recovered because the high fever has subsided, the pain in the body has begun to decrease, and several additional symptoms have disappeared. This phase must be watched out for because it can cause Dengue Shock Syndrome (DSS) which can be very dangerous, even potentially causing death. One effort that can be done to fight the disease is to vaccinate.
When to Do Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever Vaccine?
Dengue or DHF vaccine can be administered in the age range of 6-45 years. Especially if they live in areas with high rainfall. The DHF vaccine is given to someone who lives or travels to the tropics, especially Southeast Asia, the western Pacific islands, Latin America and Africa. The dengue vaccine also needs to be given to someone who has had dengue fever.
Where can I get the Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever Vaccine?
RSU Hermina Pandanaran provides dengue vaccines with the product Qdenga which is indicated for the prevention of dengue disease caused by all serotypes of dengue virus in individuals aged 6 – 45 years by administering 2 doses with a distance of 3 months between doses. Let's consult and do a dengue vaccine at Hermina Pandanaran General Hospital.