No vaccine in Holland is mandatory, yet they are heavily recommended. The frequency is increasing. The Vaccine Program is free of charge. While participation is not compulsory, over 92% of parents consent to having their children vaccinated. It is estimated that 80% of the population is not aware that vaccines are a choice and not mandatory.
In June 2018, figures from the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) showed that 90.2% from the 2 year old children in the Netherlands were fully vaccinated last year. An exception in the high participation is the number of girls who were vaccinated against human papillomavirus (HPV) 45.5 %, which has declined by 15% since 2016.
In the Netherlands daycares are not allowed to refuse children who are not (fully) vaccinated. However, D66 (a social-liberal party) has submitted a bill proposing to leave daycares the choice whether or not to refuse children who do not (fully) participate in the National Vaccine Program. In the House of Representatives a majority is in favor of the bill.
In the Netherlands there is a foundation, founded by Dr. Jannes Koetsier (medical advisor and chair of the foundation), shakenbaby.nl. This is a foundation that helps parents who are suspected of assaulting their baby (‘shaken baby syndrome’), both legally and through medical second opinions. They also want to adapt the current policy in the Netherlands in such a way that fewer unjust accusations of ‘shaken-baby syndrome’ occur. In the current situation, pediatricians often report SBS suspicion too fast to ensure child protection and justice. This occurs in many countries while medical science is not unambiguous about the SBS etiology and symptomatology.
Unvaccinated children in The Netherlands are allowed at any pre-school and school grade.
Daycares are not allowed to refuse children who are not (fully) vaccinated. However, D66 (a social-liberal party) has submitted a bill proposing to leave daycares the choice whether or not to refuse children who do not (fully) participate in the National Vaccine Program. In the House of Representatives a majority is in favor of the bill.
In the Netherlands a group about the Shaken Baby Syndrome is founded. Medical advisor and chair of the foundation is Dr Jannes Koetsier.
The foundation “shakenbaby.nl” has been founded by parents who were victims of false accusation and wants to achieve that:
The SBS (bleeding around the brain sometimes with fracture-like bone disorder) is a not often true assumption. Pediatricians often report at SBS suspicion too fast to ensure child protection and justice. This occurs in many countries while medicine disagrees about the SBS etiology and symptomatology.
The EFVV (European Forum for Vaccine Vigilance) is an alliance of member-organisations and individual members from 25 European countries. Our member-organisations consist of consumer groups and pro-choice groups whose members in turn include medical professionals and scientists. Their combined memberships exceed 100,000. We call on all Europeans to stand together in a demand for a united vaccination policy based on freedom of choice and informed consent. We believe that mandatory vaccination is not only a serious risk but a violation of human rights and dignity. We therefore demand transparency and caution as well as recognition and concern for the many vaccine-injured in Europe and beyond.