العربية

Health Tips During Hajj

If you are performing Hajj, Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare provides you with a few tips to help you prepare and to minimize your chance of illness.

Before you leave

  • The meningococcal vaccination is required to obtain a hajj permit. Visit your nearest healthcare provider to obtain the vaccination.
  • Talk to your physician to ensure all of your vaccinations are up to date.
  • Bring all your regular medicines with you when you visit your healthcare provider, especially if you have chronic diseases such as heart disease or diabetes. If you have diabetes, make sure you take your blood glucose monitor.
  • If you have a chronic disease, bring a medical report of your condition in case you require medical assistance.

Minimize your risks

  • Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizing gel regularly, especially after coughing, sneezing, bathing, and before eating.
  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your upper arm. If you use a tissue, dispose of it properly.
  • Touch your eyes, nose or mouth only when necessary. Make sure your hands are clean.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when in crowded places.
  • Use an insect repellent to avoid insect bites or stings.
  • Keep your skin clean and use powder to avoid irritation. Use moisturizer to keep your skin from drying out.
  • Use disposable tools when shaving your head.
  • Diarrhea is a common problem when undertaking Hajj. Eating food or drinking beverages from street vendors should be avoided. When drinking bottled water, ensure the seal has not been broken.
  • Dehydration and diseases related to hot weather are common during Hajj. Be sure to drink adequate amounts of clean water and use sunblock to provide UV protection.
Events

Hajj Vaccinations at JHAH

Mecca, Islam’s holiest city, is destination to millions of Muslims every year for Hajj. Pilgrims travel from all over the world, with the number of visitors equivalent to the entire population of Botswana. Participants of Hajj should take precautions with regards to their health and safety. JHAH cares about the health and wellbeing of our patients and to support Hajj pilgrims, we are pleased to offer the Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare (JHAH) Meningococcal Immunization Program.