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New Instructions to Prevent Contagious Diseases During Pilgrimage

Jeddah coming for and this year must follow the new instructions announced by authorities in . Saudi foreign missions have to obey the health measures while applying for Hajj and Umrah visas. Dr. Khaled Mirghalani, spokesman of the ministry said “The ministry follows up contagious diseases all over the world. If there are any changes in health conditions, we’ll inform the authorities concerned immediately. Pilgrims coming from 29 yellow-fever-infected African and 13 American countries should take vaccinations against the disease 10 days before their arrival in the Kingdom and no more than 10 years”. According to those instructions, all transportations arriving from infected countries must submit valid certificates confirming the extermination of infection.

Dr. Khaled added “All pilgrims as well as those who come to work during Hajj must have valid certificates of vaccination against meningococcal meningitis issued not less than 10 days before arrival and not exceeding three years”. Oral vaccine must be taken at least six weeks before arrival by children under 15 arriving from polio-virus-transmitting countries. They have to bring a certificate confirming vaccination, then after arrival they will be given another dose of oral polio vaccine. “All pilgrims, both from within and outside Saudi Arabia, are recommended to be vaccinated against seasonal influenza virus before they commence for Hajj, especially those most vulnerable to complications, such as the elderly and persons with chronic respiratory diseases, diabetes or renal, liver and cardiac problems” Dr. Khaled mentioned.

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