Hajj Umrah Vaccination & Precautionary Measures
If you are going to the Hajj, please consider some issues first. As part of Hajj responsibility, the Hajj vaccination program was developed to ensure healthy travelling and to protect Hajj travelers from being infected with serious infectious disease. An Individual with original health conditions such as HIV/AIDS, asthma, and chronic heart or lung diseases, seasonal influenza vaccination is highly recommended in Saudi Arabia for pilgrims, particularly those at risk described above, and all health care workers in the Hajj grounds.
Every year, millions of Muslims are travelling to Makkah to perform the Hajj. They are coming from different regions with different age groups. As a result, different health problems may occur, if they do not take preventative methods. Take the vaccines at least 2 weeks before travelling. Visit the doctor early before travelling for advice and guidance. Take with you first aid kit that include sterile gauze pads, adhesive tape, and antiseptic wipes. During the trip, wash your hand regularly with soap or hand sanitizer, especially: Before and after eating, after using the toilet, coughing and sneezing.
In response to international outbreaks of disease, the Ministry of Health KSA recommends that, as a precautionary measure that the infected, sick and weak Muslims should postpone the performance of the Hajj and Umrah this year, for their own safety.
Meningococcal Vaccine, is a mandatory vaccine to all Hajj travelers by KSA to protect against meningitis, the Seasonal Influenza Vaccine is a highly recommended vaccine to reduce the risk of flu, and the Pneumococcal Vaccine is recommended for the adults aged 65 years and above. Added to that, younger adults who have chronic diseases like diabetes, heart diseases, lung diseases, including asthma, liver diseases, and kidney diseases. Always keep in mind the medical concerns related to Umrah or hajj in Saudi Arabs requires the pilgrims to get vaccinated against some diseases/ viral infections, etc. In addition, people who have damaged spleen or their spleen has been removed and people who have weakened immune system to protect against pneumococcal diseases.
A certificate of vaccination is required to obtain by adults and children over the age of 2 years, arriving for the Umrah or Hajj. All travelers arriving from polio-endemic countries should have authentic record of polio vaccination at least 6 weeks prior to departure is required for visitors. The travelers will also receive 1 dose of OPV, which means the oral polio vaccine, at border points at the entrance in Saudi Arabia. All pilgrimage under the age of 15 travelling to Saudi Arabia from other countries should have proof of OPV.