Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Meningitis Vaccine Part 2

When you are an Indonesian citizen and will do an Umrah.  You need to do vaccine meningitis.
Based on my experience the following is a step by step to do Meningitis Vaccine.

Step 1

You can register online at
You can also register offline at the Port Health Office closest to your home. Because my house is near the Soekarno Hatta International Airport, I chose Port Health Office Soekarno Hatta to do the Meningitis Vaccine. I registered online one week before arrival. I did a vaccine on June 18, 2019.

Step 2

I leave from home to the Soekarno Hatta Port Health Office at 6:30 AM and arrive at the port at 07:30 AM.  At that time, the office was still empty. But a very friendly officer invited me to fill the registration form.

Step 3

After completing filling out the registration form and returning it to the officer. The officer told me to check blood pressure by self service.

Step 4

After check blood pressure, the officer gave me the bill that I had to pay at the next table. The table was only a few meters away from the officer table. The total I have to pay is Rp. 305.000.

Step 5

At 8:00 the vaccination room was opened and the officer called my number. My number is "One".
In the room there are 2 officers who are in front of the computer doing interviews.  The interviews include:

  1. When is your first day getting menstruation in this month? I think this question is only for woman and married.
  2. Do you have allergies?
  3. Do you have heart disease?
  4. Do you have HIV?
  5. Do you have allergies medicine
The question not very important because at the form registration you already answer the question. 

After interview, officer told me to enter the room covered in curtains. A doctor prepared with bottles of vaccine medicine. The doctor explained to me how long this vaccine will take effect. My vaccine effect for the 2 years after injection. It's mean until June 18, 2021.

The doctor also told me if after I did the vaccine I had a fever. I can take Paracetamol as a reliever my fever.

Step 6

After injection i go to another table to take my vaccine certificate. The officer gave me the Yellow Book and explained the Meningitis Vaccine Medicine.

After i get the Yellow Book, i am come back to my home.
At 01.00 PM i felt a fever. After I had lunch I take Sanmol and slept. At 05.00 PM I woke up and I  was still fever.
After I  had dinner I take Sanmol again and slept. At 03.00 AM I woke up and my fever getting worse. I eat bread then take Sanmol again. Until morning my body was still feverish and I also felt headache. After breakfast I take Sanmol again.
Until this time, at night my body was still feverish.

Meningitis Vaccine Part 1

As millions of pilgrims from all over the world converge, many of which are from low-income countries with minimal access to healthcare, the risk of infectious disease increases dramatically. The Saudi Arabian Ministry of Health (MOH) have therefore stipulated that mandatory vaccinations have to be carried out prior to Hajj and Umrah visas being issued. Vaccination requirements vary depending on the country you are travelling from. For Jamaah from Indonesia, before being allowed to enter Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj or Umrah, you will need to have had certain Meningitis Vaccinations.

Meningococcal meningitis

Meningococcal meningitis is a serious infection that can affect the brain membrane, causing severe brain damage and can be fatal if left untreated. Outbreaks of meningitis have been recorded during Hajj in 1987, 2000 and 2001.

Anyone intending to perform Hajj or Umrah from any part of the world is required to produce a valid certificate of vaccination against quadrivalent (A/C/Y/W135) meningococcal meningitis infection.

There are two types of meningococcal meningitis vaccines – polysaccharide and conjugate.

Polysaccharide vaccine – administered in the last 3 years and no less than 10 days prior to arrival in Saudi Arabia.

Conjugate vaccine – administered in the last 8 years and no less than 10 days prior to arrival in Saudi Arabia.

Both are acceptable for the issuance of the visa although the conjugate vaccine is recommended.

Applies to all adults and children above the age of 2.

Additionally, pilgrims arriving from countries within the African Meningitis Belt (Benin; Burkina Faso; Cameroon; Chad; Central African Republic; Cote d’Ivoire; Eritrea; Ethiopia; Gambia; Guinea; Guinea-Bissau; Mali; Niger; Nigeria; Senegal, Sudan and South Sudan) will also be given antibiotics (Ciprofloxacin) at the port of entry as additional precautionary measure.

Proof of vaccination must be submitted with the visa application no less than 10 days prior to your arrival in Saudi Arabia.