Measles and Rubella Vaccination

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Vaccines are among the most successful and cost-effective public health tools available for preventing disease and death. They not only help protect vaccinated individuals, but also help protect entire communities by preventing and reducing the spread of infectious diseases.

Immunization is a shared responsibility. Families, healthcare professionals, and public health officials must work together to help protect the entire community. When children are not vaccinated, they are at increased risk of disease and can spread diseases to others in their classrooms and community—including babies who are too young to be fully vaccinated, and people with weakened immune systems due to cancer and other health conditions.

Healthcare professionals should be your most trusted source of information about vaccines for their children. They play a critical role in supporting parents in understanding and choosing vaccinations.

Most parents choose the safe, proven protection of vaccines. Giving babies the recommended immunizations by age two is the best way to protect them from 14 serious childhood diseases, like whooping cough and measles. Parents are encouraged to talk to their child’s doctor to ensure that their baby is up-to-date on immunizations.

Indonesia has wisely decided to catch up with many other countries in increasing the numbers of children with vaccinations and paid for every child under the age of 16 to receive Measles and Rubella vaccinations free of charge. SVP decided to also hire a few extra doctors from RS Awal Bros for our convenience and smooth actions on the day.

So far we have approximately 30% of the students in each division vaccinated on that day, several others already have their vaccinations, and a few students were unable to be vaccinated on that day due to medical reasons, such as having a cold or flu. We hope that they can join again after ECE are finished on the 15th of September to increase our numbers of vaccinated children.

Source: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents/protecting-children/index.html.

Prepared by Liam Hammer, Head of School

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