Subcommittee Vaccination of Employees

In 2014, the Health Council of the Netherlands published the advisory report Employees and infectious diseases - Criteria for vaccination. In this report the Health Council has drawn up two separate decision frameworks: the first to determine whether employee vaccination should be considered with the aim of protecting employees themselves (at-risk employees), the second to determine whether employee vaccination should be considered with the aim of protecting vulnerable third parties (employees as sources of risk). In 2015, the Health Council used these frameworks in an advisory report on vaccination against Q fever.

Following the reports of the permanent Committee on Vaccinations, the Health Council will publish reports on vaccination of employees. On the 4th of October 2016 Hans Severens, vice president of the Health Council, therefore installed the Subcommittee Vaccination of employees.

The first topic the subcommittee will deal with is vaccination of employees against pertussis (whooping cough). The subcommittee hopes to publish this report in the first quarter of 2017.

The membership of the committee may differ from one advice to another. Because a permanent committee addresses more than one topic, potential conflicts of interests of committee members will be re-evaluated at the start of each advisory process. The composition of the Committee by advice can be found on the last page of the advisory report.


  • Prof. W.J.H.M. van den Bosch, emeritus Professor of General Practice, Radboudumc Nijmegen, chairman
  • Prof. N.G. Hartwig, Paediatrician-Infectiologist, Sint Franciscus Gasthuis, Rotterdam
  • Dr. J.A.R. van den Hoek, Travel Health doctor and Infectious Diseases doctor, Amsterdam
  • Dr. R. Houba, Occupational Hygienist, The Netherlands Expertise Centre for Occupational Respiratory Disorders, Utrecht
  • Dr. J.J. Maas, Occupational Medicine specialist and Travel Health doctor, occupational health and safety service, and Coronel Institute of Occupational Health, Amsterdam
  • Dr. G.B.G.J. van Rooy, Occupational medicine specialist, Arbo Unie Expert Centre for Chemical Risk Management and Radboudumc Outpatient Clinic for Occupational Clinical Toxicology, Nijmegen
  • Prof. T. Smid, emeritus Professor of Working Conditions, Amsterdam UMC


  • J.E. van Steenbergen, Centre for Infectious Diseases Control, RIVM, Bilthoven
  • P.B. Wulp, Labour Inspectorate, Utrecht

Scientific Secretaries:

  • K. Groeneveld, Health Council, The Hague
  • J.M. Rijnkels, Health Council, The Hague