UK tourists ignorant of travel jabs

UK tourists ignorant of travel jabs

THE majority of British tourists are unaware of the vaccines they require for foreign travel, a poll has revealed.

Fifty six per cent of travellers did not know which countries they needed jabs or other medicines such as malaria tablets for.

The survey by Post Office Travel Insurance found that 36% of holiday-makers could not remember the date of their last vaccine, while 31% did not know what they had been immunised against.

Tourists were most likely to be ignorant of jabs needed for Slovenia and Bulgaria, with 94% unaware that tetanus and hepatitis A vaccines are recommended for travel in those countries.

The poll also discovered that travellers were largely unaware of the recommended health guidelines for Russia and Thailand.

Many travellers said they did not know that most of the vaccines are available free on 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 insurance policy should they become ill and need to seek medical treatment.”

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