UNAIR NEWS – As we all know, immunization is the right way to protect children from diseases. An expert on pediatrics, Dominicus Husada, dr., Sp.A (K), commented on the news about fake vaccines.
As published in mass media, fake vaccines do not contain weakened bacteria or viruses. They contain IV fluid and antibiotic of gentacimin.
What are the effects? Fake vaccines given can cause a short and long term health risk. The short term risk, fake vaccine can cause allergy to children. If it is consumed for long term, the children will not have active immunity so they are vulnerable to diseases which supposed to be prevented by the immunization.
“The effect to children, they will be allergic. The danger is not life threatening,” said Doctor Domi, a lecturer and a specialist on pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine (FK) Universitas Airlangga (UNAIR) – RSUD Dr. Soetomo.
Fake vaccines circulation has made some parents worried about the authenticity of vaccines injected to their children. Regarding the matter, doctor Domi suggested the parents to communicate with medical staff where they received immunization.
“I suggest the parents communicate with the doctor on the matter. Ask the doctor as he understand about it. If it is facke, the children should be re-vaccinated,” he said.
For non medical staff, it is difficult to notice the authenticity of vaccines. But at least, medical staff and public can be more careful by knowing the general price of the vaccine they are going to use in the market.
If the vaccine reaches Rp 500 thousand, but someone offered Rp 200 thousand, of course the buyer should consider the authenticity. And we should wait testimonies of the buyers. In my opinion, it is not fair if we just checked on puskesmas and hospital,” said Doctor Domi.
Doctor Domi hoped this fake vaccines circulation will not cause the parents to worry and reluctant to bring their children for immunization. “This immunization issue often happened. It is the right time to incite immunization movement,” he said.
He also asked the public to be more patient as there is too much unreliable information related to this fake vaccines circulation news.
Author: Defrina Sukma S.
Editor: Sefya Hayu I.