Some two-thirds of the Dutch think it unlikely they will catch swine flu (H1N1) and only 1.5% actually expect to get it, according to Tilburg University researchers.
Of the 1,500 people questioned, one quarter said they would try to make sure they had stocks of the virus inhibitor Tamilflu in house if swine flu threatened to become an epidemic. Almost half of those polled said the epidemic was a media hype.
Health experts still expect one in three people to develop swine flu in the Netherlands later this year and the government is set to begin vaccinations for vulnerable groups at the end of October.
In line with the practise in many other countries, the Netherlands has stopped collating infection rates. There have been two swine flu-related deaths here so far.
Meanwhile, private health and safety firms are warning companies to improve hygiene standards in order to protect staff.
For example, workers should only accept a cup of coffee from a colleage if he or she has washed their hands first, the AD quotes one hygiene expert as saying.
And companies which want to protect certain categories of staff are being recommended to either screen them off from fellow workers or allow them to work at home, the paper said.
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