Over one million called up for mass vaccination

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Parents are advised to make sure they arrive on time in the nationwide vaccination programme for toddlers against the A(H1N1) flu virus which begins on Monday.

The Netherlands – Over one million people have been called up to receive a jab against swine flu in the country’s biggest mass vaccination for toddlers which begins on Monday.

Over 830,000 children aged six months up to the age of five have been called up to receive their vaccination shots. In addition, 200,000 parents and siblings of babies under the age of six months are also to receive their shots.

Vaccine shots are not mandatory although they come highly recommended by the Dutch Health Council.

About 250 sports halls and exhibition halls centres been transformed into vaccination clinics throughout the country.

As long queues at the locations and hold-ups on the roads are expected, parents are advised to make sure they arrive at the appointed time.

Local authorities have deployed policemen to deal with potential traffic problems and are providing minibuses to take parents and children to the designated locations to receive their flu shots.

Meanwhile, other high-risk groups such as patients with respiratory or heart diseases, pregnant women and the elderly, will be called up for a jab at their GP’s surgery.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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