Travellers risk losing insurance over vaccinations

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Travelling abroad has always had its perils; that’s why we take out travel insurance after all. But it seems that whilst travellers may think they are clued up on all the potential hazards, there is one area where they are quite clueless: vaccinations.

According to a new survey carried out by Post Office Travel Insurance, most travellers are not aware of which vaccines they need when they go abroad. Over half (56%) of travellers stated that they didn’t know which countries they needed vaccinations or medications for before visiting, a shocking figure that suggests many people are putting themselves at risk when travelling beyond the UK’s shores.

Included in the findings were that 36% of the 2,023 respondents could not remember when they last had injections, and 31% didn’t know what they had had vaccinations for in the past.

Vaccinations are a serious matter when travelling abroad. There are many unpleasant diseases that can be picked up in some foreign countries, and not taking the right precautions could not only ruin your holiday, but could even see you hospitalised or worse.

And what’s worse, failing to get the correct vaccinations and medications before departure could see you fail in any claim on your travel insurance. The head of Post Office Travel Insurance, Rachel Croft, said that holidaymakers are not only risking their health but they “also risk invalidating their insurance policy should they become ill and need to seek medical treatment.”

The good news is that vaccinations are easy to get, and many of them are free on the NHS. Just pop along to your local GP’s surgery a few months before you leave the country and you will be able to find out exactly what you need to protect yourself.


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