Health minister Ab Klink on Wednesday urged family doctors not to start vaccinating young children and other people not on the priority list against swine flu (H1N1).
Although babies and toddlers are now considered a priority, the local health authorities are organising separate vaccination programmes for them, due to start towards the end of the month.
Doctors who break the rules, could end up in front of the medical disciplinary committee, De Pers newspaper quoted the minister as saying.
As well as children, some sports men and women, such as the PSV and AZ football teams, have been already vaccinated, against the official guidelines.
Klink said there is a risk that there will not be enough vaccine to treat all the priority cases – the elderly, healthcare workers and people with other health problems – if people not on the list jump the queue.
The minister has also urged healthcare professionals to get themselves vaccinated even if they don’t feel it is necessary.
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