This year the Hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca and the largest annual gathering in the world, will take place from October 24th to 29th. It is estimated that over 3 million Muslims are planning to participate in the upcoming Hajj.
Travelers are advised to plan ahead and see a travel health specialist at least 6 weeks prior to departure. Because of the large number of people gathering there is an increased risk for certain infectious diseases such as influenza, tuberculosis, meningococcal disease and gastrointestinal infections. Furthermore, Saudi Arabia requires proof of certain vaccines when entering the country.
Last year we saw a record number of Hajj travellers receive their required Hajj vaccinations at our clinic . This year, we are happy to offer pilgrims a Hajj special.
Please call 09873691351 to find out more about our special Hajj rates or to make an appointment for your vaccinations. At ITVC, your travel health experts are up-to-date on the latest requirements and we carry the meningococcal vaccine required for entry into Saudia Arabia.
However, as in years past, pilgrims will most likely need:
Proof of Meningococcal Vaccine: vaccine needs to be given no less than 10 days and no more than three years before arrival in Saudi Arabia. All adults and children over two years of age must be vaccinated with the meningococcal quadrivalent vaccine (serogroups A,C, Y and W135). Routine childhood meningococcal vaccine generally used in INDIA is NOT sufficient for entry.
Flu Vaccine is highly recommended
Routine childhood vaccinations should be up-to-date
Also recommended are vaccinations against Hepatitis A and B, Measles, Mumps, Rubella and Typhoid Fever (available at TMVC with a travel consult).
Depending on your point of departure, you may also need to show proof of Yellow Fever and Polio vaccinations.