More than half of UK holidaymakers are not 'vaccine aware'

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Post Office Travel insurance survey reveals UK holidaymakers' confusion when it comes to vaccinations

New research from Post Office Travel Insurance has revealed that UK holidaymakers may be failing to protect themselves against the financial consequences of falling ill abroad. The Post Office Travel Insurance survey found that over half of UK holidaymakers do not investigate whether they need vaccinations before travelling overseas.

The main knowledge gaps for UK travellers revealed in the Post Office Travel Insurance research related to Eastern European countries. Some 94 per cent of UK travellers were unaware that visitors to Bulgaria are advised to have tetanus and hepatitis A vaccinations before departing. Furthermore, 91 per cent of respondents did not know that vaccinations are recommended before visiting Russia.

While travel insurance is intended to cover the majority of medical expenses, it is important that customers also ensure that they have taken all necessary medical precautions before travelling, in order to be fully covered by their travel insurance policy. Failing to arrange the recommended vaccinations before heading to a destination could not only result in illness, but may also mean that any purchased travel insurance policies may be invalidated.

The Post Office Travel Insurance research also revealed that 71 per cent of holidaymakers are unaware that many vaccinations are available free through the NHS.

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."

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