Ministry urges public to complete diphtheria vaccination: Official

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Indonesian Health Ministry reminded the people to complete their inoculation, especially diphtheria vaccination, to minimize symptoms caused by the diphtheria virus, whose cases have currently been found in some regions in Indonesia.”One of the risk factors of diphtheria is lack of immunization,” the ministry’s technical communication staff for health transformation, Ngabila Salama, stated in a talk show on Monday. Salama underscored the need for people to be wary of the disease, as healthy asymptomatic individuals can also transmit the bacteria and infect other members of the public. Hence, vaccination for most people in a certain group is deemed crucial in order to create herd immunity, she emphasized. “Usually, diphtheria occurs more easily in areas with low and uneven vaccination coverage. Vaccination is important to protect ourselves and the people around us,” she remarked. roup immunity is projected to protect a group of people with low immunity, such as the elderly, pregnant women, children, and people with comorbidities, she stated. Hence, Salama appealed to the public to immediately seek diphtheria vaccination as a preventive measure.

Source: Antara News Agency

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