Each year around 3.7 million pilgrims participate in the Hajj. The approximate dates for the 2019 Hajj are 9 to 14 August. Pilgrims, who are travelling to Saudi Arabia to undertake Hajj in August, are advised to be prepared with up to date health information and travel advice.
The requirements and recommendations differ every year, but travellers are advised to make sure they are up to date with the relevant vaccinations.
Dr Muzaffar Pervez, a leading GP from NHS Blackburn with Darwen Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said:
“Anyone travelling to a country such as Saudi Arabia must ensure they seek advice about which vaccinations they need around 4–6 weeks before travel.
“In addition, if they take any regular medication, then they should make sure they have enough to last the length of the trip, storing it properly and making sure they are taken on time. A first aid kit will also be useful to help manage relevant, common health issues as well as making sure they have the correct amount of health insurance should they fall ill whilst travelling.”
The temperature in Saudi Arabia during August, is extremely hot, often reaching around 43oC making the rituals of the Hajj demanding.
Dr Muzaffar Pervez at the CCG shares his tips for protection again heat exhaustion and sunstroke:
“As in any country when the weather is hot, you should make sure you drink plenty of fluids at regular intervals; avoid exposure to the sun for long periods and use sunscreen with a high factor sun protection. Also make sure your physical condition allows for the amount of walking that Hajj requires and take sufficient rest to restore your energy.
“The KSA Ministry of Health currently recommends that as a precautionary measure, elderly people, those suffering from chronic diseases, those with immune deficiency, pregnant women and children should postpone the performance of the Hajj and Umrah.”
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