The greatest journey a Muslim undertakes is the pilgrimage to Makkah, Saudi Arabia, consisting of two types:
- Hajj – the compulsory pilgrimage falling on the 12th month of the Islamic lunar calendar, which is the largest gathering in the world and is performed annually
- Umrah – the non-compulsory pilgrimage, which can be performed any time throughout the year.
We at Manchester Pharmacy are specially trained to provide Hajj and Umrah vaccinations, as well as other travel vaccines, for anyone above the age of 2, as well as providing certification of proof of vaccination straight away, as compliant with Saudi Arabia’s regulations for entry . The vaccination is a mandatory requirement for approval of visa. In the UK, visas will only be approved if proof of vaccination is submitted with the application for visa at least 10 days before travel. Please refer to their regulations on their official Ministry of Health website for further information.
The vaccination itself is administered into the upper arm as a single vaccination. It protects against four different strains of the meningococcal bacteria that causes meningitis and septicaemia (blood poisoning). These four strains are A, C, W, and Y. The vaccination we provide is called Nimenrix, which stated by Meningitis Research Foundation, is certified Halaal.
We are aware of how hectic preparations for such an important journey can be, so please do not delay having your vaccination done as early as possible, so you can focus on the more important preparations for the pilgrimage itself. We are more than happy to help with sharing beneficial health advice, tips etc, as we have staff and pharmacists well experienced and knowledgeable in performing Hajj and Umrah.
Some general tips and advice:
- Female pilgrims who wish to delay menstruation during the pilgrimage should discuss this with their GP well in advance.
- If you take regular medication, please ensure you have sufficient medication to cover the trip. We can provide repeat slips with your medication list and GP details if required for immigration purposes.
- A personal medical kit is essential; useful items include plasters, small bandages, antihistamines, pain killers, anti-diarrhoeal medication etc. Please contact us if you require further information.
Please do not hesitate to contact us and book an appointment for a free consultation on 0161 274 4442. We are located in Central Manchester, with easily accessible transport nearby. We have a multi-lingual team so if English is not your first language, we can also communicate in Urdu, Punjabi, Arabic, Somali, and Bengali. We look forward to hearing from you and please remember, in accordance with regulations, no vaccination, no entry.