With tens of thousands of people set to travel abroad over the Christmas period, AA Travel Insurance is urging travellers to be properly vaccinated before travelling.
Travellers to tropical countries need to take particular care that they are protected against diseases including yellow fever, hepatitis, diphtheria and typhoid fever, among others.
AA Travel Insurance says that getting the correct vaccinations before going abroad is essential to protect yourself against illness and disease. Not only are travellers risking their health but they also risk invalidating their travel insurance should they fall ill and require medical attention as a direct consequence of having not been vaccinated. The best advice is to book an appointment at your surgery well in advance of travelling, as the NHS will provide vaccinations for travel abroad free of charge. It is also important also to remember that vaccines are not 100 per cent effective all of the time. Travellers should take all the usual precautions and not assume immunity just because they have been vaccinated.
Travel insurance: News update: 10 December 2009