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Immunization coverage National Immunization Programme in the Netherlands. Year of report 2009

Vaccinatiegraad Rijksvaccinatieprogramma Nederland. Verslagjaar 2009


At national level, the average vaccination percentages for all vaccinations included in the National Immunization Programme were considerably above the lower limit of 90 percent for 2009. In spite of the extra vaccination against pneumococcal disease, the average vaccination percentages were in general somewhat higher than in 2008. For babies, the percentage for MMR, Hib and meningococcal C disease vaccinations was 96 percent, for DTaP-IPV, 95 percent and for pneumococcal disease, 94 percent. The vaccination coverage for hepatitis B does still require some attention because it is relatively low. Children who are infected with this virus at a young age have a higher risk of becoming a carrier of this virus and of contracting liver disorders at long term. This vaccination is only offered to children in risk groups. The above results are stated in a report by the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) on the vaccination coverage in the Netherlands in 2009. Included in the report is data on babies born in 2006, young children born in 2003 and school-aged children born in 1998. Voluntary vaccination in the Netherlands results in a high vaccination coverage. High levels of immunization are necessary in order to protect the population (group immunity) against outbreaks of infectious diseases. Continuous efforts need to be made by all parties involved in the National Immunization Programme (NIP) to ensure that children in the Netherlands are vaccinated on time and in full. Furthermore, it is important to know what the attitude of the Dutch population towards vaccination is. The low coverage for the vaccination campaign against cervical cancer (HPV) - even though this concerns another age-group - shows that the coverage for new vaccinations is not naturally high.

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