RIVM calls for 860,000 young people to receive vaccination against meningococcal disease this spring. These are young people born in 2001, 2002, 2003 (part of) 2004 and 2005.
This invitation follows that of more than 130,000 young people born between 1 May and 31 December 2004 who received a letter last year. Almost 84% answered.
Since 2015, more people have been ill due to meningococcal W infection, which can cause meningitis and blood poisoning. The Government decided in September 2017 to introduce vaccination against meningococcal disease for young children aged 14 months and adolescents 13 years of age. Last year it was decided to increase the number of young people who could be vaccinated.
In 2018, 103 people got sick and 22 people died. Earlier this month, Holland was still startled by the death of a student in Gauda, but the species she died is still unknown.
The first few letters will fall in the coming weeks. The decision to vaccinate teenagers and young people is taken because they are relatively carriers of the bacterium.
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