BOLTON people heading for the Hajj in Mecca are being advised to get vaccinated against meningitis.

Previously there have been large epidemics of meningococcal disease after pilgrims returned to their own countries.

Meningitis Research Foundation is reminding people that vaccination is a visa requirement and people must have a certificate showing they were vaccinated at least 10 days before leaving for Saudi Arabia, not no more than three years before arrival.

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