Youth healthcare, checkups and vaccinations - Youth Health Care - ZuidZorg JGZ

Youth Health Care Centre, checkups and vaccinations

Over the course of the first four years of your child’s life, you will frequently visit a children’s health cente. This centre employs assistants, pediatric nurses and pediatricians, who will monitor your child’s physical and mental development. You can also visit the centre for information and advice, and have your child vaccinated in accordance with the National Immunization Program. Your child’s well-being comes first!

What can you expect?

A week after your child is born, our screener will visit you at home to administer a hearing test and the heel prick (the heel prick is voluntary). The aim of the hearing test is to measure whether your child can hear well enough i to learn how to talk. The blood taken with the heel prick is tested for several rare diseases. Most diseases can be treated if they are detected in time.


In the week after the post-natal period, a nurse from your local children’s healthcare centre will pay you a post-natal home visit to get acquainted. During this visit, you will be able to ask any questions you have about your newborn child. The nurse can tell you what ZuidZorg JGZ has to offer and will schedule an appointment at the Youth Healthcare Centre for when your child is about 4 weeks old.

During your visits to the CHC, pediatricians and pediatric nurses will monitor your child’s development and health, but you can also come here with questions about nutrition, care, parenting, development, safety, behavior, play and language. These visits will let us identify any issues at an early stage, after which we will discuss them with you. Naturally, your own input and wishes are of paramount importance, as you know best how your child is doing.

Your child is very sick, and you have an appointment at the Youth Healthcare Centre…. What now?

Your child CAN visit the children’s health center if they:

  • Have a cold
  • Have a mild fever, but don’t appear to be too sick
  • Have a thin stool (generally pre-existing, less than 3x a day, no fever, not sick)
  • Have started teething
  • Have recovered from chickenpox and only have scabs but no longer have blisters
  • Are on antibiotics
  • Are scheduled to be vaccinated while they have a cold or aren’t entirely healthy. In that case, the best course of action will be determined at the center.
  • Have rashes associated with Fifth or Sixth disease
    (fifth disease: small red rash on the head first, before spreading to the torso; sixth disease: a higher fever first, followed by a red rash on the torso and limbs). Your child is not very sick

Your child can NOT visit the children’s healthcare centre if they:

  • Have a high fever (above 39°C)
  • Do not have a high fever, but appear to be sick
  • Have infectious diarrhea (multiple people in the area also have diarrhea)
  • Still have blisters associated with chickenpox
  • May have whooping cough, according to your GP
  • Have impetigo (a wet, red rash with pus-filled sores on the lips and around the mouth)
  • Are suspected of having measles or rubella by your GP
  • Are suspected of having the RS virus by your GP

Cancel your appointment?

If you need to cancel your appointment, please let us know by calling the reception desk on 040 2308 020 (available Monday to Friday from 8am to 5pm)

ZuidZorg’s JGZ pediatricians and nurses implement the National Immunization Program very carefully. In practice, this means every single child is invited to take part in the program. Please scroll down to see the standard immunization schedule in full.

Immunization schedule:

Immunization schedule

A few weeks after their baby is born, all parents receive a letter from the RIVM, the organization responsible for the National Immunization Program, as well as a brochure explaining the program. Around 2 weeks after the child is born, a Youth Healthcare nurse will pay a home visit to provide a more detailed explanation and discuss whether the parents would like to have their child take part in the program.

The vast majority of parents opt to have their child take part in the program. Children up to 4 years old are vaccinated at the Youth Health Care Centre by trained doctors and nurses. Parents are welcome to ask questions about vaccinations at any time, either at the center, on the phone or during home visits. If necessary, we can draw up a tailored immunization schedule.

We always strive for a respectful conversation with parents. This has long been the responsibility of pediatricians and pediatric nurses. It is up to pediatricians and pediatric nurses to provide reliable information to parents with doubts, which helps them make their own, well-informed decision.

Het Kinderspreekuur, an anthroposophical children’s health center, works with ZuidZorg JGZ and organizes information sessions about vaccinations.

Parents who have doubts about the standard immunization program may be referred to Het Kinderspreekuur. Please ask your pediatrician or pediatric nurse for more information.

What happens if you forget a vaccination?

We offer several ways to make up for missed vaccinations. There may be medical or practical reasons for missing a vaccination, for example if a child is sick or requires surgery. Make sure you notify the children’s health center if this is the case, so your appointment can be rescheduled. Parents who initially decline to take part in the standard immunization program can always choose to have their children vaccinated later. We try to remind everyone of their appointment by SMS. If necessary, our employees will personally contact a child’s parent or parents.

Which diseases are included in the immunization program?

For more information about the diseases covered by the immunization program, click here.

Potential side effects

The most common side effects of vaccination are a sore arm, a red spot or swelling at the injection site, and mild fever. Children may be a little tired and cry for longer up to a few hours after being vaccinated. Side effects usually appear within several hours of the vaccination and typically disappear within a few days. If you think your child is experiencing side effects from a vaccination, you can report this to the Youth Health Care Centre or the Lareb side effect center.

When your child is between 1 and 4 years old, he or she will develop their own will and start exploring their boundaries. This is when parenting really begins! Although you’ll likely manage just fine, you may also experience doubts or frustrations from time to time. Is your child having severe temper tantrums? Do they want to decide their own sleeping and eating rhythms? It’s all part of growing up… Naturally, parents will have questions about this so-called period of toddler puberty, and they can always turn to the Youth Health Care Centre for answers. We’re happy to help you with parenting tips and advice.

Your child will be called in for an eye exam at the children’s health center, first at the age of 3 and again at 3 years and 9 months. Wearing glasses, one side of which is taped up, your child will be asked to look at various pictures from a few meters’ distance. If they can’t, we will discuss whether to repeat the test at the children’s health center or refer you to an ophthalmologist.

Barbara tells

“We doubted the need for certain vaccinations. We received excellent explanations at the consultation office, so that we could make an informed decision.”

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How to reach us?

Do you have questions outside your regular appointments at the Youth Healthcare Centre?

Telephone consultations:
040 2 308 030
On working days from 9 AM to 11 AM and from 2 PM to 4 PM.

Appointment desk
040 2 308 020
Available on workdays from 8pm to 5pm to make or change appointments with the Youth Healthcare Centre.

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