Below are some key tips a pilgrim should follow during Hajj to ensure his safety and the safety of other pilgrims: Essential Hajj Tips: Taking vaccines early enough

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Index Introduction Health Tips before Hajj and Umrah Hajj-related Vaccinations Hajj and Umrah Precautions at Border Points Health Tips during Hajj and Umrah Special Health Tips for Some Patients during Hajj & Umrah Common Diseases during Hajj and Umrah Women and Children during Hajj and Umrah Post-Hajj Disorders List of References1246˜01925404445

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A message from H.E. Minister of HealthIntroductionAll praise and thanks are due to Allah, and may Allah™s peace and blessings be upon our Master and Prophet Muhammad. Allah, Exalted be He, says in the Ever-Glorious Qur™an: {– And [due] to Allah from the people is a pilgrimage to the House [Al-Imran: 97]. Allah Almighty has honored this blessed country with the two Holy Mosques for which all people from all over the world yearn and that they visit during Hajj and Umrah seasons, which are the biggest human gatherings worldwide. This being the case, the government of the Custodian of the Two Sacred them all utilities and means of comfort so that they should smoothly and easily perform Hajj rituals. The Saudi Ministry of Health is one of the governmental authorities serving pilgrims providing them health care from when they arrive in the Kingdom until they leave for their home countries. For such purpose, the Ministry has assigned about period for serving pilgrims. In addition, a large number of health facilities have been provided in Mecca and Medina and ritual places, including 25 hospitals providing a total of 5250 beds in addition to 141 permanent and seasonal health centers. In addition to which, many advanced emergency centers have been provided in the Holy Mosque in Mecca. machines and systems. promoting several protection and awareness programs during the previous Hajj seasons. Because of this responsibility and the importance of focusing on promoting health education during Hajj and Umrah, and acquainting pilgrims with proper health concepts, helping them improve their practices and thus better prevention against diseases and epidemics, which might make it hard for them to complete their rites, the Ministry has prepared this Guide to We sincerely hope this Guide would help Hajj and Umrah pilgrims and visitors of Medina perform rites easily and smoothly. We beg Allah Almighty to accept their Hajj and Umrah and to forgive us all. Minister of Health

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22Pilgrims, before coming for Hajj or Umrah, are supposed to abide by a variety of health tips and guidelines. Below are some such tips:1. Taking necessary vaccines, especially people with chronic diseases and the elderly. 2. basis, such as heart and hypertension patients, kidney patients, asthma, diabetics, and respiratory patients. 3. colored clothes are also recommended. 4. Holding a detailed medical report on any pre-existing illnesses, and about any prescribed medication, which helps follow up medical condition whenever necessary. 5. Maintaining your personal hygiene equipment, such as a towel, shaving tools, soap, toothbrush and when necessary. 6. Keeping a supply of neccessary disinfectants, antipyretics and painkillers.7. Bringing a glucose meter for diabetics.8. While sitting for a long time on the plane or bus, it is advisable to walk or stand for a short while every one or two hours, and regularly moving one™s feet while sitting, which helps preventing swollen feet. 9. Having a medical checkup before coming to make sure of your ability to perform Hajj.Visit your doctor to ensure you™re well and Health Tips prior to Hajj and UmrahIn case of an Emergencyplease call 911

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33Below are some key tips a pilgrim should follow during Hajj to ensure his safety and the safety of other pilgrims:Essential Hajj Tips:Taking vaccines early enough before travelling for Hajj is necessary to protect against communicable diseases. Avoid overloading or overcrowding sockets at places of residence. tests before traveling for Hajj, to be sure you do not have tuberculosis.

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44Hajj-related Vaccinations Make sure to receive your vaccinations early enough before travelling for Hajj to protect yourself and other pilgrims against infectious diseases. Some of these vaccinations are compulsory while others are optional. Make sure to consult your doctor before taking any vaccine. Before travelling for Hajj :1. You should have been vaccinated with meningitis vaccine no fewer than 10 days and no more than 3 years before you travel for Hajj. * A period not less than 10 years for a polysaccharide vaccine or 5 years for a conjugate vaccine.2. severe obesity for their own safety. is obligatory for all health-care workers from other sectors in the Hajj areas.

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55Vaccine vaccine against meningitis Yellow fever vaccine vaccinePoliomyelitis vaccineNo less than ten days before arrival in Saudi ArabiaNo less than ten days before arrival in Saudi ArabiaNo less than two weeks before arrival in Saudi ArabiaFour weeks before arrival in Saudi ArabiaConfers a protection of three years, and is obligatoryConfers life-long protectionWill receive additional dose of oral polio points on arrival in Saudi ArabiaAll pilgrims and children aged two years and up in addition to pregnant womenAll pilgrims arriving from countries or areas at risk of yellow fever transmission, such as Sub-Saharan Africa and Americafor those with chronic diseases and disorders, pregnant women in 4th severe obesity.Administered for Pilgrims of all ages arriving from infected areasWhen?RemarksFor Whom?Table of Hajj Vaccinations:

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