Vaccinations are a great way to stay protected from certain transmissible diseases. On this page you can read how to get  vaccinations of the Dutch immunisation program or vaccinations for traveling.

The HPV vaccination is a part of the new vaccination program in the Netherlands. The HPV vaccination protects against six types of cancers. All children under the age of 18 are automatically part of the vaccination program, but young adults between the ages of 18 and 26 are responsible for taking the initiative of being vaccinated if they wish.  

If you were born between January 1, 1996 and December 31, 2003, you are eligible to receive a free HPV vaccination series. You can receive the vaccinations at one of the GGD locations during 2023. However, you do need to have a BSN number to book an appointment. You can read more about the vaccination program and campaign here. 

If you need vaccinations for traveling, you can visit the Ease travel clinic. The Ease travel clinic is located at the MUMC+ hospital in Randwyck. You can also get vaccinated against shingles and the flu as well as get tested for COVID-19 at the clinic. 

There are several vaccines in the Netherlands that are part of the voluntary immunisation programme. This means that these vaccines are not mandatory but are strongly recommended by the government. If you are moving to the Netherlands from abroad, it may be that there are some vaccinations which you have not received. 

Vaccinations under the Dutch immunisation programme:

  • Diphtheria
  • Hepatitis B
  • Measles
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Polio
  • Rubella
  • Mumps
  • Haemophilus influenzae type B
  • Meningococcal disease
  • Whooping cough
  • Tetanus
  • Pneumococcal disease

In the case that you have not received some of these vaccinations and you would like to have them, you should contact your general practitioner (family doctor). Your health insurance will cover the costs of these vaccinations, so it will be free of charge for you. 

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