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TITLE The future of the National Immunisation Programme: towards a programme for all age groups   200702E.pdf (2.07 MB)
Document ID LIB572
Document type Scientific advisory body opinion/advice
Issue date 07/03/2007
Document reference ISBN: 978-90-5549-693-8
Original language of the document English
Full text available in EN (2.07 MB)
Document uploaded by Mitra Javanmardi
Health Council of the Netherlands
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  • Health


Short description  The report was written by the National Immunisation Programme Review Committee of the Health Council of the Netherlands. It contains an analysis of the NIP’s effectiveness to date and identifies scientific developments in the fields of immunology, vaccinology and communication science, which may be relevant to the future of the programme. In addition, an assessment framework is put forward, which includes a set of criteria for the inclusion of a vaccination in a public programme. No such framework – which may be likened to Wilson and Jungner’s screening criteria – has hitherto been available, at either the national or international levels. Although developed in the Netherlands, the inclusion criteria can be applied in other countries as well. Choices for specific vaccinations will, of course, be dependent on local burden of disease, local organisation of health care and on available financial means.
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An appropriate moment to consider the future of the NIP
Since 1957, Dutch children have been vaccinated against infectious disease through the National Immunisation Programme (NIP), usually at clinics for infants and toddlers. The programme prevents a great deal of disease and death. Initially, vaccination was provided against diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus and polio. La ...

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