This is what the GGD Amsterdam does against tuberculosis
Tuberculosis is not prevalent in the Netherlands. But in many other countries it is a major problem. People who come from or are going to an area where TB is common can contact the GGD Amsterdam Public Health Service for advice, tests and vaccinations. See below how we can help you.
We conduct tests to check whether you are infected with TB
We use a skin test or blood test to determine whether you have ever been in contact with tuberculosis.
We help you if you are infected or ill
- If you are infected you will be prescribed medication. You will need to take the medication for three to six months. If you take the medication correctly, it will greatly reduce the risk of getting tuberculosis.
- Even if you have tuberculosis and are ill, it can be treated well with medicines. This treatment will last at least six months.
We test your contacts for TB
If you have tuberculosis in your lungs, you can potentially infect others. If this is the case, the GGD Amsterdam Public Health Service will use contact tracing The nurse will make a list, together with you, of all the people who have been in close contact with you. People closest to you are at most risk and will therefore be the first to receive an invitation for testing.
We vaccinate children and travellers
Vaccination is effective for two groups:
- Babies and children under 12 with one or both of their parents coming from an area with high tuberculosis incidence. If this applies to your child, you will automatically be invited for a BCG vaccination for your child This is because young children can become very ill from tuberculosis.
- People who make prolonged and high-risk trips This includes, for example, people who will be working in the healthcare sector of a country where tuberculosis is prevalent.
Tests and vaccinations are usually free of charge. You will sometimes have to cover the cost yourself. See prices