THE BRIEF: THE DANGEROUSLY UNSTABLE RATE OF VACCINATION UPTAKE
The rate for immunisation tends to be unstable, and has not been improving. Based on the data shared by the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Indonesia, the rate of its uptake has dropped in the years 2014 and 2015, falling to 80 percent; far below its target of achieving an uptake of 90 percent.
One of the causes that contributes to the decrease in the rate of vaccination uptake is the community’s confusion caused by the anti-vaccination movement, building a negative perception for immunisation. The movement has built fears over the side effects of vaccines or KIPI (Kejadian ikutan pasca imunisasi), said to cause autism, mental disabilities paralysis as well as other adverse events, where it has not been proven to be the case.
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