The number of people vaccinating children has increased for the first time in five years. As a result, the national vaccination rate has also slightly increased for the first time. The percentage of children who received all vaccinations according to schedule at the age of two rose from 90.2 to 90.8 percent last year.
This is noted by the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) in its annual report on the vaccination coverage in the Netherlands. It concerns the figures for 2019.
Experts had previously estimated, based on estimates, that the number of people vaccinating the children was increasing. RIVM can now substantiate these statements with figures.
Still, 4.4 percent of all two-year-olds still don’t receive any vaccinations. The vaccination rate remains low, especially in municipalities in the so-called ‘biblebelt’.
Vaccination rates have increased especially in infants
Especially in infants born in 2017, the vaccination rate for mumps, measles and rubella has risen to 93.6 percent. The national vaccination rate for a virus that can cause cervical cancer in girls has increased by 7.5 percent to 53 percent.
This so-called HPV vaccination will also be given to boys in the future, because this virus can also cause throat, penis or anus cancer. Boys will receive this vaccination from around 2021 onwards.
Hans van Vliet of RIVM expects the vaccination rate to rise further in the near future. “The crisis has once again put everyone’s nose on the facts: vaccination against infectious diseases is essential,” says the manager of the National Vaccination Program. AD, referring to the corona outbreak.