Lack of information and understanding often leads to community resistance to vaccination. This requires a more comprehensive understanding of vaccines, vaccinations and immunizations so that people are not easily affected by misinformation.
Professor of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Padjadjaran Prof. Cissy Rachiana Sudjana Prawira-Kartasasmita explained the differences in vaccines, vaccinations and immunizations. According to him, vaccines are substances that contain antigens from specific viruses or bacteria that have been weakened. The process of getting them into the body is known as vaccination.
“Vaccines are useless if they have not been received, if they have been injected or taken or sprayed, they will produce antibodies,” he said in a written statement on Thursday (29/10/2020).
He expressed this in the Productive Dialogue ‘Deepening Vaccines and Immunization’ at the Media Center Committee for Handling COVID-19 and National Economic Recovery (KPCPEN) yesterday.
He continued whereas immunization is a process by which the body makes immunity from vaccines. So that the immune system appears to fight various viruses and diseases.
Immunization, is the reaction of the body when after being injected by a vaccine or getting a vaccine. The body will be stimulated, an immunological response occurs, the immune system, the body’s defense system produces antibodies. Apart from antibodies, the body also makes memory cells, (if the virus) comes back it is immediately killed, “he added.
He added that vaccines have been proven to beat various diseases. In fact, many diseases have disappeared and can no longer attack humans. “Even the immunization program can eliminate and eliminate smallpox. Polio is almost gone, living in 2 countries,” he said.
In addition to avoiding various risks of infection, he said immunization also helps protect other people who cannot be vaccinated for various reasons.