In the first half of this year the Netherlands population grew by 32 thousand people, compared to 35 thousand in the first half of last year. This slower growth can be attributed to the flu epidemic in the country in the first months of 2018, Statistics Netherlands reported on Tuesday. The Netherlands currently has 17.2 million inhabitants.
It seems that kids really are "wandering bacteria bombs" that bring bacteria back from daycare to make their parents sick, according to research by Statistics Netherlands. Parents of young kids get sick more often than parents with older kids or adults with no kids,
The flu epidemic costs Dutch employers a conservative estimate of 1.1 billion euros in sick leave days per year, according to calculations by Financieele Dagblad. Last week research institute Nivel announced that the number of people hit with the flu this season increased to an average of 136 per 100 thousand people. The week before it was 92 per 100 thousand people. In previous years the annual epidemic reached its peak in February.
Between 30 and 40 asylum seekers fell ill in the Arnhem asylum center on Sunday. After investigation, the fire department believes they probably have the flu, with symptoms including fever and nausea
The flu epidemic is lingering into a second month. According to figures from research institute Nivel, last week 139 per 100,000 people went to their doctor with flu-like symptoms. The week before it was 142.
the Netherlands is on the brink of a flu epidemic, with the number of Dutch, home sick with the flu, doubled in one week's time.
The flu epidemic, which has held the Netherlands in its spell, is finally over according to the Netherlands Institute for Healthcare Research (NIVEL) in a report by NOS. Lasting almost 19 weeks, it was the longest flu epidemic in 42 years.
This week, 24 out of 100,000 people has reported to their GP with flu. During the epidemic, more than 51 out of 100,000 people had to report in sick .
The influenza epidemic that rages in the Netherlands for 16 weeks is the longest epidemic the country had in 20 years. Research institute Nivel announced that today.