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Tourists ignorant about travel jabs

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British tourists are vague about vaccines needed for foreign travel, according to a poll.

British tourists are vague about vaccines needed for foreign travel, according to a poll.

As many as 56% of travellers did not know which countries they required jabs or medicine for, the survey by Post Office Travel Insurance found.

And 36% could not remember when they had last been given vaccines, while 31% did not know what they had been vaccinated against.

Slovenia and Bulgaria were the countries tourists were most likely to be confused about, with 94% unaware tetanus and hepatitis A vaccines are recommended.

The poll of 2,023 adults also revealed travellers are particularly ignorant about health requirements for Russia and Thailand.

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Most tourists are also unaware that most of the vaccines they need for foreign travel are 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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