First day of vaccination see turnout of 60 percent

24th November 2009, Comments 0 comments

The Dutch municipal health service is pleased with the turnout of children who received their vaccine shots against swine flu on Monday.

The Netherlands – The Dutch municipal health service (GGD) is extremely satisfied with the turnout of 60 percent of children who showed up on the first day of mass vaccinations against the A(H1N1) flu.

The GGD based their numbers on reports from 18 municipal health centres. Areas in the southwest will begin vaccinations later in the week. 

GGD Director Laurent de Vries pointed out that this response to the call to come to the inoculation centres was remarkable as the operation was prepared in only two weeks.

The current vaccination campaign against the A(H1N1) virus is for children aged between six month and five years and for families with children younger than six months.

Children are to receive two flu shots. The second round of injection sessions will take place in mid-December.

Dutch newspapers featured photographs of children crying and screaming as they were being vaccinated against the A(H1N1) flu.

The health authorities said the epidemic is still ‘mild’ but growing steadily. While the number of hospital admissions among children remains high, just under 0.1 percent of the workforce has called in sick.

Experts expected the epidemic to subside after Christmas as more benefit from the vaccination campaign. 

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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