LET'S COMPLETE CHILDREN'S IMMUNIZATION IN THE NEW NORMAL TIME
The COVID-19 pandemic which today has infected more than 7000 people has placed a huge burden on the health system. Many of Indonesia's resources, both in the health and non-health sectors, have been diverted to handle COVID-19, including the function of hospitals and health workers to deal with COVID-19. To ensure that the health system is not burdened with diseases that can be achieved through exercise, we must all play an active role in ensuring that children under the age of five and of school age continue to receive a routine schedule according to the pandemic, during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Immunization is the most effective and efficient public health effort in preventing several dangerous diseases. History records its great role in saving the world community from suffering, even death due to diseases such as smallpox, polio, tuberculosis, hepatitis B which can lead to liver cancer, diphtheria, measles, rubella and the syndrome of congenital disability due to rubella (congenital rubella). CRS), Tetanus in pregnant women and newborns, Pneumonia (lung inflammation), Meningitis, to Cervical Cancer caused by infection with the Human Papilloma Virus.
The Indonesian Pediatrician Association (IDAI) recommends that children's services continue to run according to schedule despite the Covid-19 pandemic. It is very important to give basic immunizations for infants aged 0 to 18 months while still paying attention to the following things:
- Trying to arrange the arrival schedule so that the child doesn't take too long
- if there are no contraindications, given as scheduled.
- Provide hand sanitizer or hand washing tub with soap and running water
- The distance between the patient waitors is 1-2 meters
- Implementation of physical distancing, supervision of children who are able to walk so they don't go back and forth in health facilities
- Don't leave the house for unimportant things.
That is how important child immunization is in this new normal. For mothers, do not hesitate to consult a pediatrician. Let's take care of children's health by immunizing from an early age. Download the Halo Hermina application to make it easier to consult and make appointments with specialist doctors. Applications can be downloaded via the Apps Store and Play Store