Every year, millions of Muslims are travelling to Mecca to perform Al Hajj. They are coming from different regions with different age groups. As a result, different health problems may occur if they don’t take preventative methods.
As part of HAAD responsibility, Hajj vaccination program was developed to ensure healthy travelling and to protect Hajj travelers from being infected with serious infectious disease.
There are three vaccines available for Al Hajj travelers:
- Meningococcal Vaccine (Quadruple): It is a mandatory vaccine to all Hajj travellers by KSA to protect against meningitis.
- Seasonal Influenza Vaccine: It is a highly recommended vaccine to reduce the risk of flu.
- Pneumococcal Vaccine: It is recommended to adults aged 65 years and above. Added to that, younger adults who have chronic diseases like diabetes, heart diseases (except high blood pressure), lung diseases (including asthma), liver diseases, and kidney diseases. 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.
General tips for Hajj travelers:
If you are going to Al Hajj, please consider these issues:
- 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 by soap or hand sanitizer, especially:
- Before and after eating
- After using toilet
- After coughing
- After sneezing
- Drink plenty of fluids and juices