Post Office Travel Insurance is advising travellers to ensure they have researched the necessary immunisations they may need before they travel to ensure they don't invalidate their travel insurance cover.
ABTA has predicted destinations such as Morocco and Turkey are set to be hotspots in 2010. However, a significant proportion of holidaymakers are unaware that vaccinations are required before visiting these countries. One in two UK holidaymakers do not know that vaccinations are needed to travel to Morocco, while eight out of ten do not know about the immunisation requirement for travel to Turkey. It is recommended that travellers to both these destinations be immunised against Hepatitis A and Tetanus, while a visit to Turkey also requires vaccinations against Typhoid and Diptheria.
According to Post Office Travel Insurance, those who travel abroad without heeding a doctor's advice on the recommended vaccines could put their health at risk and potentially invalidate their travel insurance. Rachel Croft says, "In the unfortunate event that you become ill on holiday, you do not want to be worrying about crippling health costs. It is important that you take the necessary care to safeguard health and avoid the potential financial implications."