Dutch health bodies call for limited flu vaccines

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Two health organisations say only people in high-risk groups should receive swine flu vaccines.

The Netherlands – Two Dutch health organisations have advised the health minister Ab Klink to vaccinate only people in high-risk groups against swine flu.

People in high-risk groups include the over-60s and women who are more than three months pregnant and have an increased susceptibility to the illness, say the health council of the Netherlands and the national institute for public health.

The councils say the flu vaccines need not be introduced to the general public as the A(H1N1) virus appears to be milder than first thought, reports de Telegraaf.

The councils also advise vaccinating health workers, who are likely to come into direct contact with flu patients.

The number of people infected with the virus in the Netherlands stands at 1,473 as of Friday. The age group most affected are 15 to 19 year olds, closely followed by 20 to 24 year olds.

The institute reports 28 patients have been admitted to hospital. According to the Institute for National Health and the Environment (RIVM), most infections took place abroad, mainly in Spain; only 20 percent picked up the germs in the Netherlands.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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  • ratkat posted:

    on 18th August 2009, 10:49:26 - Reply

    Great, especially since it looks like most of the people WITH the flu are not part of the high-risk group :-) 20% caught it in NL, the rest abroad - well, quite a lot of Dutch people travel abroad!! I have a low opinion of Dutch preventative care, but was pleasantly surprised to read that they bought enough to vaccinate everybody - but now it's back to reality where they are calculating "acceptable losses" vs. costs....