The good, the bad and the ugly of social media in child health issues
Piprim Basarah Yanuarso
Department of Child Health, Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Indonesia
Social media is now very familiar to the middle-class people in Indonesia. Besides the positive impact, the negative side can also affect the community. The massive spread of various health-related hoaxes such as immunization can reduce the immunization coverage significantly. Sensitive issues such as the halal-haram problem that is spread widely via social media can affect people's attitudes toward immunization. The anti-vaccine groups have successfully utilized this social media to achieve their goals. It is time for health professionals to actively take advantage of social media in order to spread a positive campaign on various health problems while simultaneously countering hoaxes in the community. Also important is that a strict legal action to be taken for hoax spreadersas the impact can cause re-emerging disease outbreaks such as diphteria outbreaks at the end of 2017 in Indonesia.
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