Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) is reminding anyone travelling to the Hajj pilgrimage later this month to get their meningitis vaccination before embarking on their trip to Mecca.
This year Hajj takes place from 30 August - 4 September 2017. The vaccination MenACWY - which helps to prevent four types of life threatening meningococcal meningitis - is a requirement for all pilgrims in order to gain entry to Saudi Arabia. They must have a certificate showing that they have been vaccinated at least 10 days before departure.
There are now two MenACWY vaccine products available in the UK: Menveo® and Nimenrix®. Anyone who has not yet been vaccinated but plans to travel to Hajj should contact a travel clinic or their GP to book an appointment to receive either vaccine.
The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) has an online tool to help pilgrims travelling to Hajj to locate nearby pharmacy vaccination clinics offering MenACWY in England, Scotland and Wales. Visit http://mcb.etraveltool.com/finder.
The mandatory requirement to have the MenACWY vaccination was introduced following epidemics of meningococcal disease during Hajj, which extended worldwide after pilgrims returned to their own countries.