8 simple steps to safely immunize your children during a pandemic
Guide to ensure parents and caregivers can safely bring their children to health facilities for vaccination
Maintaining immunization services amidst the COVID-19 pandemic is critical to protect children from outbreaks of vaccine preventable diseases. Many parents and caregivers in Indonesia are not vaccinating their children during the COVID-19 pandemic for fear of contracting the infection or other reasons.
Follow these 8 steps to safely immunize your children during a pandemic.
Ensure you and your children are in good health before going to posyandu / puskesmas / other health facilities (no coughs, colds, fever, etc.) and that you have not recently come into contact with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patients.
Use a cloth mask and carry an MCH/ Buku kesehatan ibu dan anak (KIA) booklet or a child's immunization card.
Visit posyandu or puskesmas or other immunization service points according to the immunization schedule determined by the health worker.
Register and sit in the waiting room before immunization and 30 minutes after immunization. Maintain a safe distance of 2 meters from others in the waiting area as well as when entering and exiting the area.
After the immunization service at the health facility is completed, wash your hands with soap and running water or use a hand sanitizer and go home immediately.
Immediately clean yourself or take a shower, wash your hair and change all the clothes / linens for the children and the baby carrier (clothes, swaddling, slings) and other items that were brought to the health facility.
Contact health workers or cadres if you or your child have complaints after immunization.