Majority of Dutch children say no to swine flu shots

9th November 2009, Comments 9 comments

A survey of over 2,000 children showed 62 percent do not want to be vaccinated against the A(H1N1) virus.

The Netherlands – A survey showed 62 percent of Dutch children did not want to be vaccinated against swine flu if they were allowed to make their own choices.

The survey, which was conducted by Dutch public service television, Jeugdjournaal, surveyed over 2,000 youngsters from 9 to 14 on their views on the A(H1N1) virus.

Eighty-two percent of children survey said they were not particularly worried about getting swine flu.

A quarter of children surveyed did not want to be vaccinated as they were afraid of pain while 19 percent felt the vaccination would not help against swine flu.

Children who wanted to be vaccinated said they did not want to be sick or infect others, revealed the survey.

Health Minister Ab Klink will decide on Monday on the government’s stand on inoculating children against the A(H1N1) virus.

Family doctors begin the mass vaccination programme on Monday. The elderly, health service workers, pregnant women and people with other health risks are the first groups to be called up.

Swine flu death toll in the Netherlands rose to 17 on Friday. There are more fatalities among children than with ordinary flu.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

9 Comments To This Article

  • JadEd posted:

    on 11th November 2009, 20:02:52 - Reply

    I employ most people to get the facts vaccines have saved lives, made it so many diseases are today a non issue for most.
  • b4blue posted:

    on 11th November 2009, 16:36:02 - Reply

    Before mass use of pesticides polio was mostly metallurgy related disease...
  • b4blue posted:

    on 11th November 2009, 16:34:43 - Reply

    I employ you to get the facts. You will be amazed. Just digg a little bit. Things you are saying is just from the mainstream media. If you talk about medical stuff you should get facts from medical journals. Polio is what it was for centuries, a toxin(mostly heavy metals) induced sickness. That's why there were so many sick kids when use of arsenic and lead based pesticides was on the rise. They invented the virus relation just to make it possible to market the medicine and to be able to say that they have things under control. Along the way they changed the rules for reporting polio and blamed it on a common gut virus. And how did they do it? By injecting number of monkeys with a mixture of tissue from sick animal, into their brain, until one of them became paralyzed. Now you tell me how in the world would something like that happen in a real life? Meanwhile if they don't find that gut virus in your system and you are paralyzed, you just don't have polio and that's how the statistics are controlled.
  • HTD posted:

    on 11th November 2009, 14:52:47 - Reply

    Well, fortunately b4blue you were not old enough to remember the days before we had the Salk Polio Vaccine. Hundreds of thousands of kids were housed in vacuum chambers often called "Iron Lungs" to survive, since their own lungs failed to function further. I have a friend two years older than I and she got it and I did not because I was two years younger and could not get the shot before it was available to the general public. She's been crippled all her life because of the crucial difference of these two years!
  • b4blue posted:

    on 11th November 2009, 14:14:46 - Reply

    i was thinking about unnecessary procedures that still take place in our society, based on faulty science, an cause harm to children. To be more specific, I'm talking about polio vaccines, MMR etc. Just read about the discovery of the polio vaccine (the whole medical procedure) and you will know what I'm talking about.
  • JadEd posted:

    on 11th November 2009, 12:17:55 - Reply

    Is this really news!?! Out of 2000 kids most do not want to get a flu injection? Where is the real news about H1N1, I would like to know why the RIVM decided to not vaccinate most children and the rest of the populaiton here in The Netherlands. How much supply do we have at hand? Do we have enough staff vaccinated and do we have enough medical staff for the epidemic? This is fluff bullshit.
  • HTD posted:

    on 11th November 2009, 11:19:09 - Reply

    Do you honestly believe that you as a child could have made a better decision based on the medical evidence available at that time than they did. Your parents did not have the advantage of the 20/20 hindsight that you now have. I'm sorry that this decision may have been the wrong one, but that's the chance that responsible parents must always take.
    In concluding, how many times do we read newspaper reports about children dying because their parents would not follow professional medical advice. It's just part of the ongoing risk of living and being a human being.
  • b4blue posted:

    on 9th November 2009, 15:07:14 - Reply

    It took me 15 years to repair the damage that was made to my health because of what the doctor and my parents decided was best for me. If they would have just left me be...
  • HTD posted:

    on 9th November 2009, 11:06:42 - Reply

    Oh really! Of course, what kid wants to be poked with a neddle? This is a dicision that should be left up to parents and family doctors for all children under 16.
    Frankly, the mere fact that such a survey has been taken demonstrates how far Dutch society has gone in abdicating parental decisions to children, hardly educated suffienctly to be involved in such. Why not also ask children how many would like to have a license to drive a car at 8 years of age on the open road?!