Meningitis vaccine

Meningitis - symptoms and vaccination

Infectious meningitis is caused by meningococcal bacteria, and a vaccine is the most effective measure of protection. Young people aged 16–19 have a somewhat higher risk of infection compared to the rest of the population. A combination of close contact with other young people over several days, partying, high alcohol intake, sharing bottles and cigarettes, active or passive smoking, and little sleep can increase the risk of infection.

Through our self-service form, you can now get a prescription for the vaccines against meningitis: answer a few medical questions and the doctor will review your answers within 15 minutes. You will then receive an SMS with information on where you can get the vaccine.

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Symptoms of meningitis

It is not always so easy to distinguish infectious meningitis from other diseases such as flu at the start. Infectious meningitis can cause small red dots on the skin that do not disappear with pressure when looking through a glass. It can also cause fever, headache, stiff neck, tiredness, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Symptoms of meningitis develop quickly. If you become ill, it is important to contact a doctor immediately.

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Why is it important to get vaccinated?

The meningococcal bacteria can cause serious illnesses such as blood poisoning and meningitis and, in the worst case, be life-threatening. That is why you want to avoid infection in circulation and recommend vaccination.

There may be different subgroups of the bacteria that require different vaccine types. It is recommended that vaccination is carried out in good time before the Russe celebration or other similar activity begins. After vaccination, it takes approximately two weeks before the vaccine provides protection.

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Which vaccine is recommended for me?

There are two different types of vaccine for meningitis, and you can get a prescription for both types of vaccine from Dr. Dropin.

The vaccines protect against either meningococcal A, C, W-135, and Y or meningococcal B. Certain countries and educational institutions may require or strongly recommend vaccination against meningococcal disease; ACWY conjugate vaccine, meningococcal B vaccine or both ACWY conjugate vaccine and meningococcal B vaccine.

For those who will be staying in Norway this year (2023), FHI recommends the ACWY conjugate vaccine for young people between 16-19 years of age. Read more about this at FHI.

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How much does it cost to be vaccinated against meningitis?

The prescription costs NOK 295 at Dr. Dropin. At the pharmacy, you pay approximately NOK 390 for the Meningococcal ACWY vaccine and NOK 850-1000 for Meningococcal B. The pharmacy charges NOK 299-350 to have the vaccine administered by trained healthcare personnel.

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Side effects of the vaccine

As with all other vaccines, mild reactions such as redness and tenderness at the injection site, feeling sick with fever and nausea can occur. It usually passes quickly.

If you have had a serious allergic reaction to a vaccine, you should inform the health personnel who will administer the vaccine about this.

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Author: Doctor Anne Marte Ladim
Last updated: 08.05.2023

What is the meningitis vaccine and why is it important?

Meningitis vaccine protects against meningococcal disease, a serious infection that can cause meningitis and blood poisoning.

What types of meningococcal vaccines are available in Norway?

In Norway, vaccines are offered that protect against meningococcal serogroup B and serogroup ACWY.

Who should vaccinate against meningitis, and when?

Vaccination against meningitis is usually recommended for children, young people and people traveling to areas with an increased risk of infection.

What is the recommended vaccination schedule for meningitis vaccine in Norway?

The vaccination schedule can vary depending on age and risk factors, but usually includes doses in childhood and booster doses in the teenage years

What are the side effects of the meningitis vaccine?

Common side effects include mild reactions such as pain at the injection site, fever and discomfort. Serious side effects are rare.

Where can I get a vaccine against meningitis in Norway?

You can easily get a prescription for the vaccine via a digital consultation with a doctor at Dr. Dropin. The vaccine is given at your local pharmacy. Some schools offer their pupils the vaccine, check with your school if it is applicable for you.

How long does the protection last after taking the meningitis vaccine?

The duration of protection may vary depending on the vaccine and individual factors, but multiple doses and booster doses may be required to maintain protection.

Can I take a vaccine against meningitis if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

Vaccination during pregnancy or breastfeeding may be safe, but it is recommended to consult a doctor first to assess the risks and benefits.

Can meningitis vaccine protect against all types of meningococcal disease?

Vaccine against meningitis can protect against the most common serogroups of meningococcal bacteria, but it is important to be aware that there are several different serogroups and vaccines protect against specific types.

How common is meningococcal disease in Norway?

The incidence of meningococcal disease can vary, but it is relatively rare in Norway compared to other countries.

Can I get a vaccine against meningitis if I have allergies or underlying health problems?

People with allergies or underlying health problems should consult a doctor before vaccination to assess the risks and benefits.

How can I reduce my risk of meningococcal disease without a vaccine?

To reduce the risk of meningococcal disease without a vaccine, you should avoid contact with people who are sick, maintain good hand hygiene, and avoid sharing personal items.