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Influenza vaccine uptake among British Muslims attending Hajj, 2005 and 2006

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 07 December 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:1220
  1. Shuja Shafi (,
  2. Harunor Rashid,
  3. Kamal Ali,
  4. Haitham El Bashir,
  5. Elizabeth Haworth,
  6. Ziad A Memish,
  7. Robert Booy
  1. 1Department of Microbiology and HPA Collaborating Laboratory, Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow, Middlesex HA1 3UJ

    Every year 1% of British Muslims travel to Saudi Arabia on the Hajj pilgrimage. High rates of influenza have been reported among pilgrims,1 2 and the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Health recommends that all pilgrims should receive influenza vaccination before travelling. We determined the uptake of influenza vaccination among British Hajj pilgrims who attended the British Hajj Delegation Clinic in Mecca and mobile clinics set up by us in Mina in 2005 and 2006.

    In 2005, 196 pilgrims were recruited and in 2006, 146 (age …

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