Delayed MMR Immunization

Good afternoon Doctor

1 Answer:

Hi Nita,


Thank you for the question.


Based on the IDAI immunization schedule (Indonesian Pediatrician Association), the first measles immunization schedule is at 9 months, with the first booster at 18 months. However, children are recommended to get the MMR vaccine (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) at the age of 15 months.


Indeed, with the outbreak of covid-19, a visit to a health care facility is not recommended to reduce the risk of exposure to infection. However, basic immunization is no less important for infants and children up to the age of 18 months, to protect against various diseases. If many babies and toddlers do not get complete basic immunization, this can lead to new outbreaks of various other diseases that will cause many children to become seriously ill, disabled, or die.


Therefore, basic immunization services must still be provided at the health center, private doctor's practice, or hospital according to schedule. With the condition of your child who has not received the MMR vaccine but has gotten the measles vaccine, you can postpone it by continuing the measles booster at the age of 18 months, but with the risk of exposure to measles, especially in your current environmental conditions where there are children infected with measles. You should communicate this with your child's specialist doctor to be more sure.


Hopefully this information can help.


Regards.

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