Vaccination of children in Norway

All children living in Norway are offered vaccines through the Childhood Immunisation Programme.

Recommended vaccines

The recommended Childhood Immunisation Programme ( for children and adolescents in Norway includes vaccines against twelve different diseases:

Children in defined risk groups are also offered the BCG vaccine against tuberculosis in infancy. 

All of these diseases can cause life-threatening illnesses or result in severe complications.

The rotavirus vaccine is given orally, while the other vaccines are given by injection.

When and where to vaccinate

​Vaccination usually begins when a child is six weeks old. Since several of the diseases affect younger children the hardest, delays should be avoided. The vaccines will be delivered through your local health centre. Booster doses are given when the child has reached school age - through the public health nurse at your childs’ school.

​In Norway, all vaccination is voluntary.
The vaccines included in the childhood vaccination program is an offer free of charge up to 20 years of age.
Vaccine against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough and polio are recommended for adults every 10 years.

Content provided by Norwegian Institute of Public Health

Norwegian Institute of Public Health. Vaccination of children in Norway. [Internet]. Oslo: The Norwegian Directorate of Health; updated Thursday, April 4, 2024 [retrieved Sunday, July 14, 2024]. Available from:

Last updated Thursday, April 4, 2024