Saudi Arabia

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Recommended vaccinations

Routine vaccination:

Vaccinations included in the vaccination schedule to be updated.

Based on your travel plans:

NB: A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for all travelers aged ≥1 year arriving from countries with a risk of yellow fever transmission and all travelers who spend more than 12 hours in transit at an airport in a country where there is a risk of yellow fever transmission. 

Hepatitis A

1 injection two weeks before departure, booster 1 to 3 (5) years later

Children: aged ≥1 year

Meningitis

Vaccination with the tetravalent meningococcal vaccine is mandatory for pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia (Hajj and Umrah).

Schéma vaccinal : 1 injection 10 days before departure

Protection:  3 years.

Hépatite B

For long or frequent trips.
Two injections one month apart.

Booster 6 months later. When protection is needed as early as possible (with almost imminent departure), an accelerated schedule of three injections within a short interval and a fourth dose 1 year later is feasible, in adults only.

Rabies

For long trips to isolated areas
Children: as soon as they can walk

Typhoid

For long trips or in conditions of poor hygiene

Children: aged ≥2 years


Before leaving for a pilgrimage for Mecca and Medina

Preventive seasonal influenza vaccination is particularly recommended for travelers with chronic illnesses.

The Saudi health authorities also recommend pilgrims aged under 12 and over 65 years to refrain from visiting Mecca this year.


Malaria prevention

Risk of malaria from September to January along the southern border with Yemen (except in the high-altitude areas of Asir Province). There is no risk in Mecca or Medina.

Prevention

  • Chemoprophylaxis with atovaquone-proguanil, doxycycline or mefloquine for risk areas

No chemoprophylaxis for the cities mentioned

  • Protection against mosquito bites

Travelers should immediately seek medical attention if fever occurs when traveling or in the months after their return.

Preventive treatments

Go to the Institut Pasteur Medical Center General Recommendations page.

 

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