LV= says that holidaymakers are putting themselves at risk of serious illness by not having recommended travel vaccinations, as GPs report a rise in the cost of jabs. More than a quarter of holidaymakers travelling in the past 12 months went without the recommended vaccinations for illnesses such as Hepatitis A, Typhoid and Diphtheria. Most of the holidaymakers who failed to have jabs did not seek medical advice and so were unaware of the health risks they could potentially face and one in fifteen ignored medical advice to be vaccinated.
The main reasons for reticence to have the appropriate vaccinations, is the cost. For travellers going to as Thailand, Mexico or India it costs £93 for vaccinations and recommended medication. The number falling victim to avoidable illness while abroad is increasing. 350,000 reported falling ill while on holiday in the past year with diseases ranging from Malaria to stomach upsets.
John O’Roarke of LV= says: "3000 were hospitalised last year while abroad, and we know many thousands more report falling ill. So as well as having a ruined holiday, travellers could end up with medical bills running into thousands of pounds."
Travel insurance: News update: 8 July 2010