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Advice urged ahead of Hajj travel

09 October 2012 10:28

Thousands of pilgrims will head to Saudi Arabia this month

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.