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Hajj pilgrims warned to get meningitis jab
4:33pm Thursday 26th September 2013 in News
Muslim pilgrims heading to Hajj next month are being urged to check they have had their meningitis jab.
Vaccination is a visa requirement for all travellers, who must have a certificate showing that they have been vaccinated at least 10 days before leaving for Saudi Arabia, but no more than three years before arrival.
Christopher Head, chief executive of the Meningitis Research Foundation, said: “Meningitis and septicaemia can kill in hours so it’s vital that pilgrims protect themselves by getting vaccinated and check that they are up to date.
“Many people aren’t aware that vaccines only protect against some kinds of meningitis so it is also important to know the symptoms and get medical help as soon as possible if they suspect someone is ill as swift action saves lives.”