Meningitis Immunisation - Leeds, Yorkshire
All pilgrims going to Hajj or Umrah are now required by the Government of Saudi Arabia to have a valid certificate of vaccination against four different strains of meningitis A, C, W and Y strains before they are issued with a visa.
Anyone who has not received the 'quadrivalent' meningococcal vaccine (ACWY Vac) may be refused entry into the country. A certificate is issued after receiving the vaccination.
Although the A,C,W,Y vaccination protects for up to five years, the Government of Saudi Arabia requires that valid certificates for visa purposes be no older than three years old. Therefore anyone who has received vaccination and visited hajj or umrah longer than three years ago, will not be granted a visa unless they are re vaccinated.
The vaccine is manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline