Meningitis, also called meningitis. It is an extremely serious infection that requires immediate treatment with antibiotics - to avoid death and injury. It is caused by bacteria. 
Meningitis is spread from person to person via small droplets when you cough, sneeze or have close contact. As meningitis can develop fatally in a few hours, it is important to be vaccinated if there is a risk on the journey. This particularly applies to certain trips to Africa. Meningitis vaccination is often a requirement for study stays in the USA.

Where are you at risk of becoming infected with Meningitis?

Meningitis is transmitted from person to person by contact with small droplets through coughing, sneezing or by direct contact. 

Many people have meningitis bacteria in their nose and throat without becoming ill and are thus so-called healthy carriers of the bacteria.

In what areas is Meningitis found?

Meningitis occurs worldwide, but especially in Africa south of the Sahara during the dry season (Sahel). 

In addition, there is an increased risk during school stays and study trips where you are close together. 

What symptoms can be seen in Meningitis?

  • severe headache

  • nausea

  • vomiting

  • high fever

  • neck stiffness

  • bleeding in the skin (petechiae)

  • increasingly affected general condition

  • blurred level of consciousness

Untreated, you die from bacterial meningitis.

What treatment is available for Meningitis?

It is important to see a doctor urgently if meningitis is suspected, as it is crucial that treatment be initiated immediately. You are treated with antibiotics and adrenal cortex hormone. 

If you start meningitis treatment early, it can usually be cured.

How do you get vaccinated against Meningitis?

There are several bacteria that can cause meningitis. Typically vaccinated with the types ACWy before travel. In certain places in the world, including Denmark, Meningitis Type B is also relevant. The ACWY vaccine's (Nimenrix) protection lasts for 10 years, and adults only need a single dose to be protected. 

You can get your meningitis vaccine right up until the day before departure. Certain countries require vaccination before entry – this applies to Saudi Arabia when traveling to Hajj / Pilgrimage.