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Haj vaccines: Know before you go.

Residents leaving for Haj must show proof of certain vaccinations as required by authorities in Saudi Arabia.

The Saudi Ministry of Haj says on its website (www.hajinformation.com) that pilgrims must carry a certificate for Meningococcal Meningitis before entering Saudi Arabia.

The certificate must have been issued not more than three years and not less than ten days before arrival, it states online.

"Adults and children over the age of two years must receive the vaccination against meningococcal meningitis with the quadrivalent vaccine (serogroups A,C, Y and W135)," the ministry says.

"Children between three months and two years of age must be given two doses of the A vaccine with a 3-month interval between the two doses."

The UAE Ministry of Health also states on its website (www.moh.gov.ae) that pilgrims must vaccinate against Meningococcal Meningitis. It recommends the seasonal influenza vaccine as well.

The procedure can be done at the ministry's preventive health and primary care centres. More information is available on the ministry's hotline, 800 111 11, and through the preventive medicine centre in the ministry's Al Barah Hospital in Dubai (04 273 1161).

Meanwhile, Health Authority Abu Dhabi (HD) confirms on its website (www.hd.ae) that the Meningococcal Vaccine is mandatory for all Haj travellers.

It also recommends the seasonal influenza vaccine to reduce the risk of flu.

Additionally, HD advises the Pneumococcal vaccine for adults aged 65 years and above. This vaccine is also prescribed for younger adults who have chronic diseases like diabetes, heart diseases (except high blood pressure), lung diseases (including asthma), liver diseases, and kidney diseases.

The HD also asks "people who have damaged spleen or their spleen has been removed and people who have weakened immune system to protect against pneumococcal disease."

A list of healthcare facilities providing Haj vaccination in the three regions of Abu Dhabi, Eastern Region and Western Region is available on www.hd.ae

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