The transition season, colloquially known as 'musim pancaroba,' is a period marked by unpredictable weather that significantly alters the environment. This climate shift can lead to increased humidity, a prime condition for the growth of bacteria and viruses. Consequently, people become more susceptible to various illnesses such as flu, cough, influenza, dengue fever, diarrhea, among others. This susceptibility stems from the body's constant need to adapt to the ever-changing weather conditions.
Health Challenges During the Transition Season
During the transition season, the risk of contracting diseases such as dengue fever, influenza, and other respiratory infections escalates. This season demands particular attention from health authorities due to the potential health risks it poses to the public. The South Kalimantan Provincial Health Office, for instance, has been closely monitoring the situation, especially concerning dengue fever cases. According to their data, the number of dengue fever cases in November did not exceed those of previous months, with the last record showing 82 cases, significantly lower than October's 136.
Prevention Measures for a Healthy Transition Season
To curb the health risks associated with this season, experts recommend several preventive measures. These include the sufficient intake of vitamin C, consuming a balanced and nutritious diet, frequent hand washing with soap or hand sanitizer, maintaining personal hygiene with at least two showers a day, and engaging in physical activity for a minimum of 30 minutes daily. The emphasis is on enhancing the body's immune system to cope with the changing weather conditions effectively.
The Role of COVID-19 Vaccination
Amidst the transition season, the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Indonesia (Kemenkes RI) urges the public not to delay COVID-19 vaccination. The vaccination, both for complete doses and booster shots, plays a crucial role in increasing antibodies in the body and extending protection against severe COVID-19 infections. The need for vaccination is even more pronounced among high-risk groups, including the elderly and those with comorbidities such as diabetes, hypertension, and heart diseases.