Young children, people who are 60 years and older and people whose immune system is compromised have a higher risk of becoming ill from a pneumococcal infection. The best way to prevent pneumococcal disease is vaccination.
In the Netherlands, these three groups are offered vaccination against pneumococcal disease in various ways:
- Infants up to 11 months receive a vaccination through the National Immunisation Programme.
- Older people born between 1 January 1948 and 31 December 1952 will receive an invitation for vaccination against pneumococcal disease via their GP in autumn 2021.
- People with a medical indication will receive an invitation for pneumococcal vaccination, regardless of their age. This includes people with sickle cell anaemia or people who do not have a spleen. They will receive the vaccination in consultation with their medical specialist or GP. People who have had COVID-19 and suffered lung damage as a result are also included in the medical risk group for the time being.
In Saba all people born between 1-1-1942 and 31-12-1961 will receive an invitation for vaccination from their islands physician in autumn 2021.
If you are not in these groups and would still like to be vaccinated, consult with your GP to see whether it is possible. If you request the vaccine yourself, please note that there are costs involved.