Safe Hajj Journey

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Safe Hajj Journey

The Haj season is one of the largest seasons in the world where people gather from all sides. However, in light of the importance of performing the rituals of Hajj in full, pilgrims miss the most important obstacles that pilgrims face in their path. These are the health obstacles due to taking some vaccinations that protect them from various diseases And in this article we highlight everything you need to know about vaccinations in Haj and some guidelines to avoid infectious diseases that pilgrims must adhere to before and during their arrival in the Holy Land.

Most common vaccinations recommended by pilgrims:

  • Influenza vaccine: Influenza is caused by a viral infection that spreads easily among people, especially in places of gatherings as in places of Haj. The vaccine is given especially to people suffering from chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiac diseases, chest diseases, immunodeficiency, and pregnant women. the virus can spread through contaminated handshaking, influenza leads to some symptoms such as headaches, fatigue, high fever and muscle pain, and if the flu affects some vulnerable groups, such as the elderly and patients who complain Of chronic diseases, it may leave complications that may lead to death.
  • Meningitis vaccine: a four-valence vaccination given to adults and children and must be taken at least ten days before travel, which is one of the most important vaccinations before going to the Haj season, as it protects against serious viral diseases transmitted by droplets flying from the mouth And the nose, which affects the brain and spinal cord,
  • Pneumococcal vaccination, this vaccination protects against meningitis, pneumonia and otitis media.
  • Vaccination against viral hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and a dose of both vaccines, due to the prevalence of the shaving of the head, which is often done with razor blades that are used more than once, as well as anti-typhoid vaccines, rabies and cholera.
  • Vaccination against meningitis, before traveling ten days.
  • Measles and mumps vaccination.
  • Vaccination against yellow fever, a disease spread as a result of infection with a virus transmitted by mosquitoes and must take the dose of vaccination before traveling by ten days,

 

 

 

In addition to taking the necessary vaccinations recommended by the Saudi Ministry of Health for a safe Hajj, there are also some important guidelines or tips to complete the blessed Hajj journey in the best health:

 

- We recommend some additional vaccinations such as vaccination against the developed COVID-19, polio vaccination, diphtheria and tetanus vaccine.

- Sterilize hands continuously, especially before contact with eyes, nose or mouth, before eating, after using the toilets, coughing, sneezing or shaking hands with someone.

- The mask must be worn in crowded places, changed if wet, and then sterilize hands afterwards.

- Use tissues to cover the nose or mouth when coughing or sneezing and then dispose of them directly in the trash.

- Refrain from sharing personal items with other people.

- Ensure that food is clean before eating to avoid gastroenteritis.

- Avoid exposure to direct sun and use white umbrellas to avoid heat stroke.

- Make sure to drink enough water (from 2 to 3 liters) to avoid dehydration and its symptoms such as dizziness and headache.

- Pay attention to eating meals full of nutrients (protein - fibers - healthy fats - carbohydrates) in moderate quantities to avoid getting weak. Also, make sure to eat vegetables rich in fibers to avoid constipation.

- Make sure to take the prescribed medications on time, especially in case of suffering from chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes or asthma, and ensure that there is enough amount of the prescribed drug to cover the period of Hajj, in addition to a reserve amount to avoid any emergency.

 - Also, a special first aid kit should be prepared.

 

 

What about first aid during Hajj?

Each pilgrim should prepare his own first aid kit in case of any emergency during the Hajj period.

The first aid kit should include:

  • Masks
  • Thermometer
  • Blood Sugar Monitors
  • Blood pressure monitor
  • Wound disinfectant, gauze and Band-Aid.
  • Pain medications
  • Antipyretic
  • Allergies Medication
  • colds/flu Medication
  • Gastroenteritis Medication
  • Vomiting Medication
  • Diarrhea Medication
  • Abdominal cramps Medication
  • Headaches Medication
  • Stomach, and colon Medications
  • Muscle relaxant drugs
  • Insect bites ointment
  • Sunburn ointment
  • Wounds ointment

 

 

 

Preparing for physical exertion during Hajj:

The pilgrim is expected to walk long distances, between 5 km - 15 km every day and this can seem like a big challenge for someone who spends most of their time sitting.

Therefore, the person should start a habit of walking regularly before leaving for hajj so that his body is more prepared and able to keep up with the long and subsequent days of hajj.

 

In the end, we wish you a blessed hajj.

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