May 30, 2024

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Dykstra advises parents to vaccinate their children against measles

Dykstra advises parents to vaccinate their children against measles

Earlier today, the Outbreak Management Team (OMT) of the National Institute of Public Health and Environment (RIVM) called on the government to take additional measures now as the number of infections increases.


Measles is especially dangerous for young children. Resistance deteriorates and in severe cases children can develop pneumonia. In the long term, measles infection can lead to SSPE, a fatal form of encephalitis. “We also see problems with other infectious diseases that can be prevented by vaccination. We can protect our children from that,” says Dijkstra.


The Minister asked the RIVM to investigate whether additional vaccines could be distributed within the current stock, or whether more vaccines could be purchased.

The government also wants children to get their second injection against mumps, measles and rubella (MMR) early. Age must be applied from 9 to 3 years. Children receive their first injection when they are fourteen months old.

64 infections

At least 64 infections have been diagnosed in the Netherlands in recent weeks. Most cases in Eindhoven and the surrounding area are found among migrant workers from Eastern Europe. (AP)

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