- Jul 13, 2016
Japanese encephalitis (JE) is a disease carried by the Culex mosquito, and transfers from animals (pigs and birds) to humans. The disease causes inflammation of the brain, and symptoms include headache, vomiting, fever, confusion, and seizures. Case-fatality rates range from 0.3% to 60% and depend on the population and age, and about half of survivors will continue to suffer permanent problems. (Wikipedia)
As Bali is one of the few provinces in Indonesia with a large pig population, it was chosen as a pilot program for the vaccination in Indonesia. The program is spearheaded by the Ministry of Health, and targets kids from 9 months to 15 years old. In all, almost 1 million kids will be vaccinated.
Vaccinations will be administered in schools. Consent forms should be distributed soon, if not already (my daughter received hers last week). The program includes international schools. Beyond schools, vaccinations can be administered at local health clinics (Puskesmas). The bulk of the campaign will be in March and April 2018. Further, the ministry will also do follow up vaccination for those who were missed during the campaign.
Going forward, JE vaccination will be included in the vaccinations schedule for kids in Bali, and given at the age of 10 months.
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