Can Children Aged 18 Months Be Given The MMR Vaccine?
My son is 18 months the doctor ordered MMR vaccine, but I’m afraid because there is a lot of gossip here and there about the vaccine. Is it good or how?
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Basically, MMR immunization is an immunization given to protect children from 3 diseases, namely measles, mumps (mumps) and German measles (Rubella). According to the recommendation of the Indonesian Pediatrician Association (IDAI), MMR immunization should be given 2 times so that it can provide the body's defense against the three diseases until adulthood, namely at the age of 15-18 months, and repeated at the age of 6 years.
In the aim of protecting children from dangerous diseases, MMR immunization has also received controversy from many parties in the community, who say that MMR can cause autism. In the explanation given from the Indonesian Pediatrician Association that as many as 500 million doses of MMR vaccine have been used worldwide, and are recommended by the world health agency or WHO to be given to the public to prevent measles, mumps, and German measles.
There has been a direct independent study from WHO regarding the effect of MMR immunization on the incidence of autism, and it was found that there was no relationship between giving MMR immunization to the incidence rate of autism in children immunized with MMR. From this, it can be concluded that autism is not caused by the MMR immunization given, but from external / environmental factors as well as genetic factors.
Usually, the MMR immunization that is carried out will give mild side effects such as pain and redness in the injection area and moderate fever. Even so there are also those who experience side effects that are more than that but the incidence is very rare, namely events such as:
seizures high fever swelling of the glands stiff joints or joint pain bleeding or decreased platelets encephalitis non-contagious mumps for no more than 2 days mild measles non-contagious and not more than 3 days To decide to do MMR immunization, it would be better if you re-consult with your pediatrician so that your child can be checked before being given MMR immunization. However, at this time there is no MMR vaccine in Indonesia, and it is replaced with the MR vaccine which only protects the body from measles (measles) and rubella (German measles), considering that in Indonesia the incidence rate of the two diseases is back high.
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