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Hajj is an annual Islamic religious pilgrimage that takes place in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. This year it is slated for October 26. Umra is a similar religious event that takes place any time throughout the year in Saudi Arabia. Because a large number of people gather for these events, certain illnesses, particularly meningitis, are easily spread amongst the participants. For this reason and for recent history of meningitis outbreak, the Saudi Arabian government requires vaccination to meningitis prior to entering the country for either of these events. Documentation of the meningitis vaccine is required upon entry, and the certification only lasts three years.