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 various clinic locations. This year, we are happy to again offer to see pilgrims for their vaccination needs before travelling to Saudi Arabia.
Please call 1-888-288-8682 or 604-681-5656 from the Lower Mainland of Vancouver to find out more about our Hajj rates or to make an appointment for your vaccinations. At TMVC, your travel health experts are up-to-date on the latest requirements and we carry the meningococcal vaccine required for entry into Saudia Arabia.
The Public Health Agency of Canada has not yet released their 2012 recommendations for travellers to the Hajj. 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 Canada 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.
For further information on your Hajj or Umrah pilgrimage, please refer to the Ministry of Hajj and talk to your Hajj approved travel agency