Southeast Asia is one of the most densely populated areas around the world and suffers from large disease burdens of commonpediatric infectious diseases including diarrhea and pneumonia. The national vaccination programs and vaccine uptake of conventional vaccines in this area showed that children in most countries were well protected from conventional vaccinepreventable diseases. Differences in vaccine antigens that were used and variations in time schedules for certain vaccines existed. Protection against newly developed vaccines such as rotavirus, pneumococcus and human papillomavirus infections were obviously inadequate in most of the countries in this area. Children in Southeast Asia are still suffering from certain vaccine-preventable diseases. Promoting coverage of newly developed vaccines will benefit a great number of children in this area. Strengthening of vaccination for special groups such as adults, health care workers, immunocompromised hosts, pregnant women and travelers is urgently needed. Vaccines are unquestionably one of the most cost-effective public health measures available, yet they are undervalued and under-utilised throughout the world. It is important for international agencies, governments, and health policy makers to keep this preventive measure in the spotlight. Ultimately, it is the global society and future generations that benefit when all countries make the effort to protect their population from vaccine-preventable diseases.
Thisyakorn, U. (2012). Vaccination programs in Southeast Asia. International Journal of Infectious Diseases, 16, e57. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijid.2012.05.140