Dutch take swine flu threat more seriously
Resistance towards swine flu vaccines seems to have decreased as more children are infected with the A(H1N1) virus.The Netherlands – The Dutch are now taking the threat posed by the swine flu more seriously, said Roel Coutinho of the National Institute of Public Health (RIVM).
According to the Dutch Family Doctors Society, 95 percent of people with flu symptoms are found to be infected with the A(H1N1) virus.
As the number of young children being infected with the virus increases, Professor Coutinho said there is a shift in public opinion.
Before, people questioned the need for vaccinations. But now, people ask why the vaccines were not available earlier, said Coutinho who hoped that more people will be now prepared to receive vaccination.
Resistance of the nurses towards the vaccination remained high as seen on a website for nurses, nursing.nl where the healthcare workers discuss about the pros and cons of being vaccinated.
On Tuesday, family doctors received the first flu vaccine batches. They will inoculate people from risk groups next week.
Meanwhile, the Dutch Family Doctors Society said the flu has started spreading on a large-scale in the Netherlands.
Last week, the RIVM announced that another four people have died of A(H1N1) virus, bringing the death toll to 10. The victims were a girl aged 4, a boy aged 6, a 25-year-old man and a woman of 56. Three of them had underlying health problems.
More than 5,700 people have died of swine flu worldwide since A(H1N1) was first uncovered in April, with most of the deaths recorded in the Americas, according to the World Health Organisation.
Radio Netherlands / Expatica