Indonesia started introducing the use of pentavalent vaccine in the country on 22 August
2013 The new combination is adding
the vaccine for Hib (Haemophilius
influenzae type b) to the previous combination of
vaccine fighting DTP (Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis)
and HB (Hepatitis B), making it 5-in-1 vaccine. Pentavalent
is the first additional new vaccine in Indonesia since 1999.
"We applaud the collaborative and sustainable
approach taken by Indonesia
to develop and introduce pentavalent vaccine,”
said Dr Khanchit Limpakarnjanarat, WHO Representative to Indonesia.
“It is one of many powerful and safe vaccines commercially available to
countries that can reduce childhood deaths and disability. We hope this is
the beginning of a new era in public health in Indonesia where highly
cost-effective vaccines play an expanded role in reaching the country's
millennium development goals."
Indonesia introduces five-in-one vaccine for children
For more information please
Ms Nursila Dewi, Communication
WHO Country Office for Indonesia, Jakarta.
Tel: 021-520 4349, facs: 021-520 1164,