Flu vaccine advice from Student Medical Practice

Flu vaccine advice from Student Medical Practice

Every winter about one in every ten persons gets the flu (infection with an influenza virus). Usually this is an uncomplicated disease. For some people the risk of complications is slightly raised. In the Netherlands these people are advised to get an influenza vaccination. This yearly vaccination protects against most of the risks of complications from the virus. It doesn’t protect against the common colds or a Covid 19 infection.

People who are advised to get a vaccination are:


  • People with a chronic heart disease
  • People with a lung disease (like asthma and using permanent medication)
  • People with diabetes.
  • People with a kidney disease and bad kidney function.
  • People with an immunosuppressive disease like HIV, leukemia.

Recent research has shown a number of other patient groups could benefit from influenza-vaccination, amongst them pregnant women above 22 weeks of pregnancy and people who are morbidly obese. Do you want to know if you meet any of these new criteria? Please visit


If you have any of these aforementioned health problems and are a student who is registered at the Student Medical Practice you can give us a call to schedule an appointment for a influenza-vaccination (tel. 015-7999050).

Science editor Jos Wassink

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