Over 2600 patients with measles have been reported. Because not everyone who had measles went to the doctor, the actual number of patients, however, was much higher. During the epidemic, 182 children were hospitalised and one child deceased from complications of measles. Children aged 6 months with an increased risk of being infected with measles were provided complementary vaccination against measles. This applied only to children who lived in communities with low vaccine coverage. An animation of the progress of the epidemic until February 12, 2014 can be found at the National Public Health Atlas (Dutch only).
In the Netherlands, there has been a large decrease in the
number of patients with measles and the number of deaths since
measles vaccination was introduced into the Dutch National
Vaccination Program in 1976. The vaccination is at least 95%
effective. Measles epidemics occur periodically among the
population groups who are not vaccinated. The last outbreak in the
Netherlands was between 1999 and 2000 when there were 150
children with measles admitted to a hospital and three children
died from the effects of the disease.