The measles virus can erase the memory of the immune system, meaning that the body loses all defense its built up against diseases through the years. Those who have had the measles are sometimes as defenseless against disease as a newborn child, scientists from Amsterdam UMC and Wllcome Sanger Institute in Cambridge wrote journal Science.
Children's rights organization KidsRights wants the government to make the vaccination against measles compulsory. According to chairman and former Children's Ombudsman Marc Dullaert, there is no other solution now that the vaccination rate dropped to 92.9 percent. "Mandatory vaccination seems inevitable", he said to the Volkskrant.
Another child that attends a daycare center in The Hague was diagnosed with measles. That brings the total number of children with measles at the daycare up to four, GGD Haaglanden reported. The health service would not say which daycare center is involved, Omroep West reports.
So far this year, up until the start of April, there have been 15 cases of measles in the Netherlands. In previous years, the country counted between 10 and 20 measles diagnoses over the entire year, State Secretary Paul Blokhuis said in a letter to parliament. He blames the increase in diagnoses on outbreaks in various other European countries, AD reports.
Dutch doctors are drawing attention to the importance of vaccinating your children on social media. With the hashtag #ikvaccineer - I vaccinate in English - they are saying that their kids are vaccinated, with the reasons why.
This action was started by mother Maria Bos, according to RTL Nieuws. On Twitter she asked how she as a non-expert must determine what studies on vaccinations are reliable. Can't doctors simply say whether they are vaccinating their own children? Doctors responded massively to this request.
Last year 90.2 percent of 2-year-olds in the Netherlands got their vaccinations, 1,720 toddlers less than in 2016. Only 45 percent of girls were vaccinated against HPV, the virus that can cause cervical cancer, RTL Nieuws and NU.nl report based on the annual figures of public heath institute RIVM.
Syringes of the frequently used Terumo brand could contain epoxy resin, which could unintentionally leak into a patients bloodstream, current affairs program Dossier EenVandaag revealed last night. Based on this information the National Institute for Public Health and Environment (RIVM) launched an investigation and advised against the use of Terumo syringes.
The Minister of Foreign Trade, Lilianne Ploumen, expressed her appreciation and support for Gavi in Berlin today, committing the Netherlands to a quarter-billion euros in support. Gavi, founded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, performs large-scale vaccination programs in developing countries worldwide.
The call from parents' organizations to ban unvaccinated children from daycare has been rebuffed by ministers as there is no judicial ground for this to be possible. According to childcare laws, this is not allowed.
Parent association Boink thinks that children should be turned away from daycares if their parents make the conscious choice not to vaccinate them against illnesses such as measles.
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At least 1458 people contracted the measles or still have it, reports the RIVM (Rijksinstituut voor Volksgezondheid en Milieu) (National Institute for Public Health and Environment) Thursday. Since last week 110 new cases have been reported, more than twice as many as the week before.
The number of new reports of measles is halved the last week compared to the previous week. Last week there were 64 new cases. The week before, that number was still 127. These figures were published on Thursday by the RIVM.
Since May the Netherlands has seen a growing number of measles patients. In total, since May 1226 people were infected with the disease, mostly children between 4 and 12 years.
In the past week the number of patients with measles has increased with 127 new occurrences. The official total of people affected is now 1162.
The number of measles infections has risen again. There are now 466 cases of measles reported and that are 145 more than last week. Compared to last week, there are 5 new hospitalizations added.
The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) has signals that in reality there are many more people sick. That's because not everyone visits the doctor.
The measles epidemic is concentrated in the so-called Bible Belt. There are many people of Reformed denomination who don’t go for vaccination because of their faith.
People need to think independently and then make a personal and conscientious consideration about vaccination. That said SGP leader Kees van der Staaij on Monday in the TV program Knevel and Van den Brink. About 60 percent of his followers are vaccinated, he estimated.
Van der Staaij is against forced vaccination. That gives unpleasant situations, he fears, and it works counterproductive. Moreover, 'it enters too deeply into the personal life’, says van der Staaij.
The government has to protect children from their parents when parents don’t want to let their children to be vaccinated to prevent diseases, like measles. That said VVD senator Heleen Dupuis on Saturday night in the TV program Nieuwsuur.