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Thursday 18th of October 2018
June 30, 2010

LV= urges travellers to have jabs

by Richard Kilner

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Travel insurer LV= has commissioned research showing that British travellers may be putting their health in jeopardy by avoiding recommended travel vaccinations.

The findings, which come as GPs report a rise in the cost of jabs, indicate that 26% of travellers during the last year went without vaccinations for diseases including diphtheria and typhoid.

A majority of these (19%) simply did not seek medical advice and were thus unaware of the healthcare implications, whereas the remaining 7% ignored medical advice.

Of those who avoided the jabs, 12% did so due to financial considerations, with 43% of GPs surveyed stating that costs had risen over recent years.

Holidays in exotic locations such as Thailand, Mexico or India entail an average cost of £93 for vaccinations.

In addition, certain well-known and popular countries (such as Turkey) are considered safe and so people regularly skip jabs when travelling to these locations.

Over the course of the last 12 months some 35,000 Britons have fallen ill abroad, and has prompted LV= to urge all travellers to research their destination properly and to take whatever jabs are necessary to avoid preventable disease.

In March of this year Aviva found that some 31% of travellers were considering or would avoid taking out travel insurance altogether, posing an obvious risk not just of preventable disease, but of substantial financial burdens should anything untoward happen.

 

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