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Tourists Face Health Risks by Missing Vaccinations

he event of their falling ill about nine percent of those who have been on a tropical holiday have not taken out travel insurance.

The most worrying factor was that the areas most commonly visited by travellers who do not take the recommended vaccinations are all high risk malaria zones according to the World Health Organisation including Africa, South East Asia and the Asian subcontinent.

According to Direct Line Travel Insurance spokesman Chris Price, ‘The last decade has seen a steady increase in travel to Asia, Africa and South America - destinations where serious diseases, including malaria, are common.’

'Despite this, or maybe because of it, people are effectively gambling with their health. It is incredibly easy to contract malaria and the early symptoms can often be mistaken for flu.'

'According to the Department of Health, almost 2,000 people return to the UK with malaria each year, and an average of nine people die from the disease.'


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