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Medicines and vaccinations

In my home country, my doctor prescribed me some medicine. How can I get this medicine in the Netherlands?

Medicines in the Netherlands are not always the same as those prescribed in other countries. If you are taking medication prescribed to you in another country, it is best to show it to your huisarts (GP) and/or apotheker (pharmacist). In particular, many brand names and packaging will be different in the Netherlands though the content may be identical.

Which vaccinations are common in the Netherlands and how can I arrange to get them?

For general vaccination information, you can approach the Municipal and Regional Health Service (GGD).

The GGD is the municipal health organisation for preventative healthcare. Once you have registered at the town hall, the GGD will let you know automatically which immunisation programme (if any) you need to follow.

I would like to have additional shots for my child or for myself that are not standard in the Netherlands. How can I arrange this?