The Netherlands is experiencing a flu epidemic. The number of people with flu (influenza) increased significantly in the past two weeks. Laboratories, hospitals and GPs throughout the country report that the flu virus has been turning up in more throat and nasal samples from people with flu-like symptoms.
Start of invitations for the seasonal flu vaccination
The invitation for the seasonal flu vaccination will land on your doormat this autumn. The flu vaccination protects people who are more likely to become ill or seriously ill from flu because of their age or medical condition.
High rates of RSV in children over the summer, and a late flu epidemic in the 2021-2022 season
Hospitals reported an unusually large number of children presenting with RSV over the summer of 2021. The number of positive coronavirus tests rapidly increased after the summer of 2021.
Seasonal flu epidemic in the Netherlands
The flu epidemic in the Netherlands has started. The number of people with flu (influenza) increased significantly in the past two weeks.
Flu epidemic seems to be emerging
More and more people in the Netherlands have the flu. The number of people with flu increased significantly last week.
Flu jab for additional groups
The flu jab is offered free of charge every year to people aged 60 years and older, and to people who are at higher risk of becoming seriously ill from the flu virus due to medical reasons
Last winter’s flu epidemic was short and mild. And then COVID-19 arrived.
The flu epidemic in the winter of 2019/2020 was mild and lasted only 5 weeks.
Mild 2018-2019 influenza epidemic
The annual influenza epidemic in the winter of 2018-2019 was less severe than the year before. Approximately 400,000 people have had the flu.
Slightly fewer adult smokers
In 2018, 22.4 per cent of the Dutch adult population indicated they were occasional smokers.