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Before Hajj

Pre-Hajj Health Tips:

Taking the necessary vaccinations, especially the elderly and those suffering from chronic diseases. Herein is an elaborate account of the required vaccinations, to be enumerated later on, as well as the timing of taking such vaccinations prior to setting out for the Hajj Holy Sites.

Seeing a doctor before travelling to verify of your health stability, and ability to perform the Hajj rites.

Taking sufficient medications, especially in case you suffer from one of the diseases that require you to take medications regularly, such as heart diseases, hypertension, kidney diseases, asthma and diabetes.

Bringing enough cloths, since you’d better change your cloths regularly and repetitively to maintain your hygiene. Cloths are recommended to be light and loose.

Carrying a detailed report of the medical diagnosis of your case, and the required medications and doses, to help follow up your case when need be.

Be sure that your personal bag includes the necessary cleaning tools and supplies (towel, shavers, tooth paste and brush, umbrella, loose cotton cloths, moisturizing creams, etc.).

By sure that your medical bag includes wound-sterilizing tools, heatsink, and painkillers.

In case you’re a diabetic, be sure to have a blood sugar measurement device.

It is advisable to move your legs every now and again while sitting in the plain or bus, and walk for a while every hour or two hours, to avoid kibe (swollen feet).

In case you’re a tuberculosis patient, you have to undergo all the necessary medical tests and submit the results that prove infection could not be transmitted from you to other pilgrims. Pilgrimage is not recommended until after you complete treatment, and get recovered.

In case you’re suffering from persistent cough for more than two weeks, you have to undergo the necessary before travelling to be sure that you don’t have tuberculosis.

Means of transport (planes, buses, etc.) are among the most vulnerable places of infection transmission (through coughing, sneezing, speaking, etc.). So be sure to use handkerchiefs when coughing or sneezing, or even face-masks when need be.

Hajj Vaccinations:

It is of high importance to take vaccinations (according to the table shown below) long enough before Hajj. It is indispensably necessary for protecting yourself as well as fellow pilgrims. Some of these vaccinations are compulsory and some are optional. And in all cases, you should consult a doctor before taking the vaccination.


Target Group



Meningococcal vaccination

All pilgrims and children over two, as well as pregnant women

At least 10 days before Hajj

Compulsory, for three-year immunity.

Vaccination against yellow fever


Pilgrims hailing from places affected by the disease, such as African semi-desert regions, and some South-American countries.


At least 10 days before Hajj

Up to ten-year immunity.

Vaccination against seasonal influenza

All pilgrims, especially the elders, those suffering from chronic diseases, patients with immunodeficiency (natural and acquired alike), as well as patients with metabolic diseases, obese persons, and pregnant women (beginning with the fourth month).

Six weeks before Hajj.


Vaccination against pneumonia

Patients with such diseases as sickle cell anemia, renal failure, immunodeficiency, and splenectomy. It could be given, also, to the elders and those suffering from chronic diseases in the liver, heart and lungs.



Polio vaccination

Pilgrims of all age groups hailing from regions stricken by polio.

At least 10 days before Hajj

Another dose is given to the pilgrim when arriving to the Kingdom.

Be sure to carry about the card that proved that you have taken the necessary vaccinations when arriving at the Saudi ports (land, sea and air ports).

Negligence of vaccinations, or obtaining certificates of fake vaccination are not to be tolerated. All such attempts are punishable by law.

Source: Ministry of Health