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More hospital staff get vaccination against the flu

The number of hospital staff that this flu season has get vaccinated against the flu is significantly increased compared to a year earlier. Last flu season was 13 percent are vaccinated against it and now is 24 percent, reports the Dutch Association of Hospitals (NVZ).

The increase is in accordance with the NVZ due to an in October launched the campaign. NVZ-director Arno Timmermans sees the figures as a nice success for the first time. “But we are of course not yet. 24 percent is nice, but we’ll see next year like a still-higher vaccination rates.”

During the previous flu season, according to the NVZ unprecedented bright was and took a long time, had planned make be suspended by ill staff that went out. “We would of course happen, and it is therefore desirable that the coverage further up”, says Timmermans.

It should be according to a spokesperson of the NVZ vulnerable patients are protected. “You don’t want that flu.”

The figures, moreover, relate only to general hospitals. In the case of academic hospitals, however, also an increase of the coverage rate, such as 12.5 to 25 percent at the Erasmus UNIVERSITY medical centre, 17,4 to 23 percent at the VU and from 47 to 53 percent at the University, says the spokesman.

According to figures from the campaign voorkomgriep.nl there are seven vaccinated to infection with the influenza virus of a patient to prevent. Who is in the care works, it will also have more chance of themselves becoming infected, as is on the website. A vaccination will decrease the chance of getting the flu.

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