Limited Immunisation Knowledge Leaves UK Holidaymakers at Risk of Invalidating Travel Insurance

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New research by Post Office Travel Insurance reveals many UK holidaymakers are unaware of vaccination requirements.

As the Christmas holiday season approaches, new research by Post Office Travel Insurance reveals that UK holidaymakers may be putting their health and travel insurance at risk, by heading overseas without the recommended vaccines and medications.

According to the Post Office Travel Insurance study, 56 per cent of UK holidaymakers could not correctly identify holiday destinations where vaccines and preventative medicines (e.g. malaria tablets) are recommended.

Despite having travel insurance in place before setting off, holidaymakers who fall ill abroad without having had the necessary vaccinations may invalidate their travel health insurance policies.

The Post Office Travel Insurance research also revealed that 31 per cent of holidaymakers could not recall which diseases they had been vaccinated against, or when they last received vaccines (36 per cent).

Rachel Croft, Head of Post Office Travel Insurance, said: "It is worrying to see that so many of us are careless when it comes to checking whether vaccines or preventative medicines such as malaria tablets are recommended before visiting a destination. Not only are holidaymakers potentially risking their health, but they also risk invalidating their travel insurance policy, should they become ill and seek medical treatment.

"It is important that customers take the necessary care to safeguard their health and avoid the potential financial implications of not being able to claim on their travel insurance policy - the average cost of a medical claim last year was £800."

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