Vaccination in pregnancy
Due to an increase in cases of whooping cough in recent years, the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, RIVM, is currently looking into including a whooping cough vaccination in standard antenatal care. Babies can only be vaccinated once they are six weeks old, leaving them vulnerable to the disease before that point. If the mother is being vaccinated in the third trimester, i.e. between 28 and 32 weeks of the pregnancy, the antibodies she produces will pass on to the unborn baby, protect it against the disease in the first months of its life. Until the antenatal vaccination scheme is implemented nationally, pregnant women can still choose to be vaccinated against whooping cough, but it won’t be included in the standard antenatal coverage.
Where to get vaccinated
Until the vaccination is rolled out nationally, women in Amsterdam and the surrounding areas can be vaccinated by their family doctor (though not all practices offer the vaccination, so it is recommended to check in advance). The Public Health Service of Amsterdam (GGD) also offers the vaccination; see this link for fees. Appointments with the Travellers’ advice and vaccination office can be made online (form in Dutch). To indicate that you don’t need vaccination for travelling, check the Overige (“other”) option.
Learn more about giving birth and child healthcare in Amsterdam.