Suara.com – Combination vaccines or multiple injections are given to increase immunization coverage. Then, is there any risk of harm from this practice?
Prof. Dr. dr. Sri Rezeki Hadinegoro, Sp.A(K), Chairman of the National Immunization Expert Advisory Committee (ITAGI) explained that the combination vaccine does not pose a risk of harm.
Combination vaccines consist of more than one antigen in one package, for example DPT-HepB-Hib, MR, OPV. The administration of multiple vaccines is very safe, effective and efficient and has been carried out by other countries.
“Double immunization is given together. It has been used abroad for a long time, WHO said it has long been giving injections like this in developed and developing countries,” said Prof. Sri, quoted from ANTARA, Thursday (14/4/2022).
“In Indonesia it may not be popular but we will start to catch up. Actually this has been done since 10 years ago in Yogyakarta, but the most important thing is to socialize to parents that this injection is very safe,” he continued.
Prof. Sri explained that the combination vaccine does not cause serious side effects. Antibodies that enter the body will act together.
Meanwhile, if given one by one, it takes a minimum of 2 weeks to make the antibodies work, and then other vaccines can be given. According to Prof. This can be time consuming for children who have missed immunizations.
The double injection also aims to reduce visits to health facilities, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, children can be protected as quickly as possible from susceptible disease conditions.
“This double injection is safe, not dangerous. If it is too late, if it is injected individually, it will be even more late,” said Prof. Sri.
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However, multiple injections should be done gently and quickly. Injections can be made on the left and right thighs or only one part but have a minimum injection distance of 2.5 cm.
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