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Guarding Against Meningococcal Disease: Risks, Symptoms, and Prevention

Meningococcal disease refers to any illness caused by bacteria called Neisseria meningitides. It is a potentially deadly infection, where one can develop meningitis (inflammation of the membrane surrounding the brain and spinal cord) and meningococcaemia (bacteria proliferating in the bloodstream and damaging the walls of the blood vessels, causing bleeding into the skin and organs). About 10 to 15 in 100 people infected with the disease will die, and up to 1 in 5 survivors will develop long-term disabilities such as loss of limb and brain infection.

Although this disease is not common in Singapore, there is still some risk of getting infected. This bacterium can spread through respiratory and throat secretions, such as coughing, sneezing, and kissing. Close and lengthy contact with an infected person and age can also increase the chances of contracting the disease. Hence, those who are at risk are:

  • Households or close contacts of patients with meningococcal disease

  • People travelling to a country where meningococcal disease is epidemic or highly endemic

  • First-year college students who live in halls of residence

  • Military recruits

  • Infants (less than 12 months old)

  • Adolescents (aged 16 to 23 years old)

Signs and symptoms to watch out for include:

  • Fever

  • Vomiting

  • Headache

  • Limb pain

  • Pale skin

  • Cold hands and feet

  • Rash

  • Neck stiffness

  • Dislike of bright light

  • Confusion

The best way to prevent meningococcal disease is through vaccination, such as the Nimenrix vaccination. There are a few types of Neisseria meningitides and Nimenrix protects against four common types: A, C, W-135 and Y.

Intemedical offers Nimenrix vaccinations at all clinics.


$150 before GST (Nimenrix alone)

$185 before GST (Nimenrix + flu vaccine)

Do note that Nimenrix is offered as ready stock at our Tampines outlet only. Other outlets will require preorders and 1-2 weeks wait.

Address: 210 Hougang Street 21, #01-233, Singapore 530210

Landline: 6243 3036

Whatsapp (message only): 8879 9404

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Landline: 6242 6384

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Address: 338 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1 #01-1625 Singapore 560338

Landline: 6904 9579

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Address: 201E Tampines Street 23 #01-96 Singapore 527201

Landline: 6223 3803

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All clinics are open from 8 am to 12 pm.


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