PUTRAJAYA: The Ministry of Health has now encouraged pilgrims to receive vaccines and pneumococcal vaccines before leaving to perform Hajj.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said the two vaccines would be in addition to the vaccine for meningococcal meningitis, which is a mandatory immunization.
"The senior pilgrims performing Hajj are at risk of recurring infectious diseases such as meningococcal meningitis, pneumonia and influenza," he told reporters after the Hajj and Umrah Immunization campaign began here today.
In 2002, the government approved a distribution to the Ministry of Health for the acquisition of the meningococcal vaccine for the pilgrims of Malaysia to perform Hajj.
"For pneumococcal vaccines and influenza vaccines, pilgrims must obtain it in private clinics and hospitals."
He added that although the ministry did not provide the two vaccines, he strongly recommended pilgrims to take them before leaving to perform Hajj as a disease protection.
Meanwhile, Mr Dzulkefly said his ministry and the National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma) will coordinate actions and applications for flood disaster preparedness.