Healthcare providers in the Netherlands who have had a flu shot should actually wear a button that reports that, says Ted van Essen of the Dutch Influenza Foundation. It would be very reassuring for the patients.
"I would like to know that from someone who takes care of me or performs interventions with me." In addition, there would also be an incentive for others to get the shot, he says on the eve of the National Flu Day.
For reasons of privacy, the idea of buttons in our country will not be picked up quickly, Van Essen thinks. But according to him, such badges are often pinned up in the United States and Canada. In some hospitals there, the shot is mandatory for staff. And if that is not the case, in some institutions non-vaccinated people must wear a mouth cap. However, that approach is too negative for him.
The Dutch Influenza Foundation is organizing the National Flu Day on Monday in The Hague. Institutions and organizations meet at the Ministry of Health in The Hague for a symposium. Not only people from risk groups, such as seniors, but especially caregivers are called upon to get a flu shot.
Healthcare providers can carry the virus and transmit it to patients without realizing it. And if they are felled themselves, that again contributes to the staff shortage in healthcare. The thought is that pricked caregivers could better convince others of the necessity of a flu shot.
In the Netherlands, the vaccination rate in health care and beyond is too low across the board, says Van Essen, “There is a false skepticism about the annual flu vaccination. The influenza virus is more dangerous than just a flu. ”Last year 900,000 people became ill in our country.