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Ned Tijdschr Geneeskd. 2008 Sep 27;152(39):2116-9.

[Summary of the practice guideline 'Influenza and influenza vaccination' (first revision) from the Dutch College of General Practitioners].

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Nederlands Huisartsen Genootschap, afd. Richtlijnontwikkeling en Wetenschap, Postbus 3231, 3502 GE Utrecht.


The first revision of the guideline 'Influenza and influenza vaccination' from the Dutch College of General Practitioners contains the new indications for influenza vaccination. The most important revisions are: the minimum age has been lowered from 65 to 60 years, the indication for furunculosis patients and their families has been removed, and vaccination is recommended to healthcare professionals who have regular and intensive contact with patients. The purpose of vaccinating healthcare professionals against influenza is to reduce the transmission of the influenza virus to patients at very high risk of complications from influenza and reduce sick leave among healthcare professionals. The use of antiviral agents should only be considered for patients with a very high risk of complications from influenza.

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