Umrah pilgrims told to get early vaccinations

The vaccination service is available free-of-charge for the residents in Abu Dhabi.

By Staff Reporter

Published: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 12:17 AM

Last updated: Wed 8 Jul 2015, 3:10 PM

Abu Dhabi - Umrah travellers are being urged to get their vaccination early in order to avoid health problems. The Haj and Umrah vaccination programme is part of the Health Authority — Abu Dhabi’s (Haad) ‘Vaccination is Essential’ campaign aimed at raising public awareness on the importance of immunization to prevent pilgrims from contracting infectious diseases as a result of overcrowding at Makkah.

 The vaccination service is available free-of-charge for the residents in the emirate. The list of healthcare facilities for pilgrims can be found at or by calling Abu Dhabi contact centre 800555.

Vaccines include Quadruple Meningococcal vaccine to protect people against meningitis, Seasonal Influenza and Pneumococcal. The latter is particularly important for the following groups — people with a weak immune system; 65 years and above; and patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart, lung (including asthma), liver, kidney (problems).

 Haad advised the practice of hygienic habits to prevent catching respiratory illnesses.

These include washing hands thoroughly with soap and water or gel disinfectants (hand sanitizer), especially after coughing or sneezing, using of toilets, and before and after handling and preparing foods; covering nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing and discard the tissue after use.

Avoid touching the eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands, and wear face mask in crowded areas; and visit the nearest health centre if symptoms of fever or coughing continues for two weeks after arrival from Umrah.

According to the Haad statistics, 63,000 persons received Meningococcal Vaccine in 2014 while about 30,000 till end of May this year.

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