Pregnant women, morbidly obese people (a BMI of 40 or above) and all people with dementia can report to the GP for a flu vaccination in October. The Ministry of Health informs the CCeit.
The Health Council recommended that these groups be included in the annual flu vaccination programme earlier today. The opinion is still being studied by demissionary Secretary of State Blokhuis, but in advance it has already been announced that people who are concerned can report themselves.
According to a spokesperson, the new groups are not actively invited for vaccination this year. “But enough has been bought in to give everyone in the new groups a shot as well.”
The RIVM, which coordinates the flu vaccination campaign, estimates that the expansion of the target audience means that 200,000 to 250,000 people who can get a shot. 4.7 million vaccinations have been purchased for the upcoming flu season. This allows 75 percent of target audiences to get a shot. The people who fall under the new audiences have not been added to this yet. The rise for the flu vaccination was 52.6 percent in 2019.
At the moment, the flu shot is offered every year to the elderly, people with certain conditions and many healthcare workers. For most people, flu is not serious, but in people from the risk groups, the virus can lead to serious complications or even death.
Due to the vaccination of pregnant women, young babies aged 0 to 6 months are also protected from severe complications in the flu.
Newborns cannot be vaccinated against flu themselves, says the Health Council. But they are at risk of respiratory problems and hospitalization in the event of an infection. The Council sees no reason to offer healthy children aged 6 months to 17 years of age a flu vaccination because the burden of disease is relatively low in them.