As a severe flu pandemic is expected this year, a flu vaccine for children should help reduce the burden of care, Ask the experts. The idea is that children can infect older adults less. In Great Britain, children are already being vaccinated against influenza en masse.
But the outgoing government does not support this at the moment. “We are reluctant to do so,” said State Department spokesman Paul Blochis. The Council of Ministers follows the advice of the Health Council in this regard. “We recently asked the experts for their advice on this. Then they advised against doing it. This advice was not more than two months old.”
Blokhuis is “still thinking” whether to ask for new advice.
Call the shot
About 4 million people get a flu shot each year. “We invite everyone who receives an invitation to attend,” the spokeswoman said.
This year, in addition to people over the age of 60 and people with health problems, pregnant women and people with obesity (BMI 40 or higher) were invited to perform a jab. Starting next year, new groups will get a call from their GP, but those who really want to get an injection will get a call.
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