Call for an instant quote
0345 90 80 161
Open Mon to Fri 09:00 - 17:30 | Sat 09:00 - 16:00 (GMT)
09 October 2012 10:28
Thousands of pilgrims will head to Saudi Arabia this month
Thousands of people making the Hajj pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia this year are being reminded to seek health advice before they travel.
The National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) and the Health Protection Agency (HPA) are calling on the 25,000 people expected to travel from the UK to ensure they have a healthy trip. Those travelling from October 24 to the 29 are being warned to get health advice before attending Hajj as a large population from around the world meeting in one area boosts the risk of infectious disease outbreaks.
Those travelling for Hajj this year can access expert advice for travel from the HPA and NaTHNaC. The advice includes making sure your measles, mumps, rubella, and polio injections are up to date. You will not be able to undertake the trip without a valid certificate of vaccination against meningococcal meningitis ACW135Y. All pilgrims are advised to get vaccinated against seasonal influenza by the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Health, particularly those with pre-existing medical conditions, pregnant women and those aged 65 years or older. Alongside vaccinations pilgrims should also ensure they have adequate
pre-existing medical travel insurance before they set off.
26 October 2016
People could be at a bigger risk of having high blood pressure if their home is close to a busy road, research has suggested.
25 October 2016
Almost 200 ill youngsters have been given the chance to enjoy a holiday of a lifetime thanks to the annual Dreamflight trip.
22 October 2016
A "perfect storm" of the falling value of the pound and security fears means holidaymakers are avoiding travel in Europe during October half-term.
21 October 2016
A union is warning of travel chaos over the Christmas period at four major UK airports, unless a baggage carrier transfers staff to other companies.
20 October 2016
Thousands of passengers faced travel chaos yesterday after rail service through the Channel Tunnel was suspended because of a power failure.
19 October 2016
People planning holidays from Gatwick Airport in the run up to Christmas could face travel chaos as unions threaten to strike over a pension dispute.
18 October 2016
Eurostar has said it will cut 12 services from London St Pancras to Paris and Brussels.
15 October 2016
Tourists in Thailand are being advised to "behave respectfully" and wear "sombre" clothing as the country mourns King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
14 October 2016
Holidaymakers are being warned to buy currency in advance as exchange rates being offered are as little as 0.96 euro to the pound at airports.
13 October 2016
Scientists say there is strong evidence air pollution and vitamin D deficiency can cause dementia.
12 October 2016
More people are going on holiday than at any time in the past five years despite terror attacks and the impact of Brexit, according to a study.
11 October 2016
People from across North Carolina had to be rescued from their homes as the downgraded Hurricane Matthew blew out to sea - leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.