Friday, 15 March 2024 - 13:29
Whooping cough outbreak in Netherlands; Four babies died this year

There is a whooping cough outbreak in the Netherlands. Four babies have died, and the RIVM has received 1,400 reports of whooping cough infections so far this year, a spokesperson elaborated on released figures to RTL Nieuws. The public health institute urged people with a cough or runny nose to avoid contact with pregnant women and newborn babies.

Earlier this month, the RIVM already warned of an increase in whooping cough infections. “The increase in the number of babies with whooping cough is now visible throughout the country,” the RIVM said. “Previously, the increase could only be seen in the Bible Belt.”

“About 85 percent of babies were not sufficiently protected against whooping cough because the baby and/or mother had not been vaccinated,” the RIVM said. “Vaccination of pregnant women and newborn babies is the most important way to prevent whooping cough.” The vaccination of a pregnant mom at 22 weeks, followed by the newborn vaccination, prevents an infection in 9 out of 10 babies under three months of age....​