Area Health Authority (GGD)
The Area Health Authority for Rotterdam (GGD) and its surroundings aims at promoting the health of the population. The GGD has a preventive as well as a caring mandate. Most vaccinations can be obtained at the GGD (for instance vaccinations for people who plan to go to the tropics). Foreigners who come to the Netherlands do not usually have to be vaccinated at the GGD. However, people coming from high-risk areas (in non-western countries) have to do a test for tuberculosis at the GGD in order to get a residence permit.