In 1997 the Netherlands established an infrastructure for influenza vaccination (the flu jab) called the Dutch National Influenza Prevention Program (NPG). Aim is to protect people from illness and death due to influenza.
RIVM conducts research on influenza and vaccination in the Netherlands. Using the data collected, RIVM gives insight into the key facts and figures on flu and the flu vaccine. Facts and figures are required to develop measures to combat flu epidemics. RIVM is responsible for mapping these facts and figures and carries out on-going surveillance in cooperation with partners.