Reaching more children to get MR vaccine

As per 31 October 2017, a total of 35.307.148 children in Java have received Measles and Rubella (MR) vaccination, 100.98% of the total MR immunization target in August-September 2017. Government and society work on reaching more children to get their protection against measles and rubella by getting the MR vaccine, given free of charge to children 9 months old to 15 years old in all provinces/ districts of Java island as part of comprehensive strategy to eliminate measles and control rubella and Congenital Rubella Syndrome.

The President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, said that only less than one percent children have got MR vaccination. The set target is to reach the 95% coverage of the entire age group (children from 9 months to <15 years).

Health check prior to immunization in Pesanggrahan Elementary School, Jakarta.
(Photo: Jakarta Health Office)

Health offices, schools, community organizations, and other government institutions have taken initiatives to reach every children. In Cilegon, Banten province, Indonesia Red Cross advocated the MR immunization campaign, in Sukoharjo, Central Java Province, Indonesia Ullema Board informed teachers on the importance of this MR immunization.

“We encourage parents to come and immunize their children, teachers, , school principals to collaborate with the local health facilities to support the programme, and for community to to highlight the importance of MR immunization programme,” said Dr Vinod Bura, Acting WHO Representative to Indonesia. “MR/MMR vaccine has been used in over 150 countries worldwide through routine immunization and Mass campaigns and these vaccinations have protected millions of children from Measles and rubella infections,” he continued.

Dr Vinod Bura and Ms Anuradha Gupta, Deputy CEO of the GAVI Alliance, visited Madrasah Tsanawiyah Negeri 6 Sleman, Yogyakarta, to see the implementation of MR Immunization.
(Photo: WHO/N.Dewi)

This immunization programme is reaching not only those who are enrolled in school but also children outside the formal education system, such as those who are home schooled, also children who unfortunately are not in school. For children under the school ages, the MR immunization programme will start in September, in Puskesmas, Posyandu and all health facilities.