FLU & OTHER VACCINES


COVID-19 VACCINES

The Dutch Government is implementing the Covid-19 vaccination schedule and strategy.

There is a vaccination schedule for people who do not work in healthcare. And a vaccination schedule for health and care workers. There are many factors that influence the coronavirus vaccination schedule.

When it’s time for your population group  (including the medical and high risk group) to be vaccinated, you’ll receive an invitation by letter or email. Always use the first invitation you receive. There is no need to contact your medical specialist or GP. The invitation will inform you about the location and time. This could be at a large vaccination center run by the municipal health service (GGD), or at your GP’s office.

You need to be registered at a GP practice (e.g. IHCH GP Family Practice)* in the Netherlands in order to receive an invitation for vaccination according to the Netherlands Covid-19 Vaccination Scheme.

*Please note that the IHCH Polyclinic Specialist Care (Medical Specialists) is not a GP Practice and therefore will not be administering Covid-19 vaccines. 

More information on Covid-19 vaccines, including leaflets about testing and FAQ can be found on the following websites:

Government.nl (english)

Getting vaccinated against Covid-19 in the Netherlands (english)

Getting vaccinated against Covid-19 in the Netherlands (translations)

GGD Haaglanden (dutch)

GGD Hollands Midden (dutch)

GGD Rotterdam-Rijnmond (dutch)

The GGD has installed a hotline for all questions related to Covid-19 and Covid-19 vaccines, available between 08:00 and 20:00 daily 0800-1351

TRAVEL VACCINES

We operate a travel & vaccination clinic and are generally fully stocked with most vaccinations

We offer a full range of vaccinations and travel advice at our Centre, including Yellow Fever. This is an open service, also available to patients registered with GPs elsewhere. Please bring your vaccination records with you. We can also issue medical passports when needed. For further details about our travel clinic, click here.

INFLUENZA (FLU) VACCINE

The yearly flu shot campaign takes place in the first two weeks of November. If you are a registered family practice/GP patient, you will automatically receive an invitation for the influenza (flu) vaccination if you:

– Are age 60 or above. You will also be offered a pneumococcal vaccine.

– Have a medical condition such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease,  kidney disease, lung disease or a compromised immune system

The administration of the planned vaccines will take place in the 2nd week of November. This is before the expected outbreaks of influenza, in case of emergency (family visit abroad etc) we have very limited stock for earlier vaccination.

The IHCH will send invitations each year if you have any of the conditions mentioned above. If you did not receive an invitation and think you are eligible, please contact your GP.

Can I get a flu shot if I am not in a risk group?

Unfortunately at this moment there is no availability of flu vaccines for non-medically indicated cases. This is due to limited supplies of the flu vaccine due to the huge increase in demand related to Covid-19.

Dosage

For adults and children over 9, only one does is required. For children under the age of 9, if it is their first ever flu vaccine, they will need two doses given four weeks apart. For children <9 who’ve had the flu vaccine in the past, only one dose is needed.

There is currently no availability of influenza vaccines for children below age 3 (own request), ony for children with medical indication. Latest scientific insights tell us that vaccinating healthy children <3 yrs is medically not effective, which is also why we do not recommend to do so.

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