The importance of getting vaccinated before your Umrah Pilgrimage
Every year, millions of devotees, including different age groups and genders, come from various parts of the world to Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj and Umrah. Meningococcal disease occurs in the form of epidemics in large gatherings as in Hajj and Umrah, and if you don’t take preventative methods, the chances of getting infected are high. Hence, the meningitis vaccination is a mandatory requirement for a Hajj/Umrah visa.
It’s highly recommended to get vaccinated at least two weeks before your travel and protect yourself and your family from infection. Unvaccinated people can be infected easily and spread it to other unvaccinated people as well, making the situation even worse. The best thing you can do is to be up-to-date on your routine vaccines to have the best protection against these types of illnesses.
Consult a specialist doctor if you have senior citizens, children, and companions with chronic health issues or specific health conditions, travelling with you. Also, keep a first aid kit, containing sterile gauze pads, adhesive tape, and antiseptic wipes, with you while going for the Umrah pilgrimage.
Tips for Umrah Travellers
- Get vaccinated
- Take antimalarial medicines
- Adhere to food safety and hygiene rules
- Avoid mosquito and other insect bites
- Avoid close contact with people with acute respiratory infections
- Avoid close contact with live farm or wild animals
- Use clean tissues to cover mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing and dispose of them after use
- Avoid non-sterile medical or cosmetic equipment
- Purchase travel health and medical evacuation insurance
Call 800 AVIVO (28486) to book your appointment.
Please note the extended Ramadan timings of the clinic: 8 AM to 10 PM