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Flu vaccine certificates

delhi Updated: Sep 27, 2009 00:21 IST

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Following the Saudi Arabia advisory asking Hajj pilgrims to carry certificates of seasonal flu vaccination done at least two weeks before travel, the health ministry has asked all pilgrims to get vaccinated and screened for H1N1.

The seasonal flu vaccination certificate is mandatory for getting a visa to Saudi Arabia.

About 1.6 lakh pilgrims from India are expected to visit Mecca and Medina for Hajj, which begins on October 20.

Saudi Arabia has also asked the elderly, children under 12 years, pregnant women and people with chronic diseases to postpone the Hajj and Umrah pilgrimages this year.