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

3 Comments To This Article

  • 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?!