Largely affecting children aged 4 to 12 who attend orthodox Protestant schools. Many of the country’s strict Protestant communities do not vaccinate their children on religious grounds.
Called “Bijbelgordel“, the Bible belt area of the Netherlands is named after the Bible Belt of the U.S. where the emphasis is on traditional values, eschewing liberal notions. They have a preference for large families. With the anti-vaccination sentiment, it’s not surprising that a vaccine preventable illness is spreading and becoming serious.
Tip: Bob Blaskiewicz