PUTRAJAYA, Nov 7 (Bernama) -- Although taking influenza and pneumococcal vaccines for Haj and Umrah pilgrims is not made compulsory by the Saudi Arabian government, they are however much encouraged to take these two vaccines.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said comprehensive immunisation was encouraged before leaving for the Holy Land to provide the pilgrims with body immunity against diseases.
"Comprehensive immunisation is not just for going on Haj and Umrah pilgrimage but also to prevent the pilgrims from being carriers of viruses that could spread to their family members especially children and babies, which could be fatal, upon their return.”
Dr Dzulkefly said this to reporters after launching the Haj and Umrah Immunisation Campaign themed, “Lifelong Immunisation”, at the ministry, here, today.
He said the influenza and pneumococcal vaccines could be obtained from private clinics and hospitals.
According to a statement on the immunisation campaign launch, influenza and pneumococcal disease can cause pneumonia and has been the main cause of hospitalisation and death among Haj and Umrah pilgrims.
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