Insects, sanitary conditions and other factors mean that in many countries around the world, travellers are at risk of contracting potentially life-changing, even fatal, diseases unless they have had relevant injections before travelling.
It is therefore of vital importance to check out what the risks at your holiday destination are and get the necessary injections before travelling.
Diseases injections before travelling are available for
At present, vaccines administered by injections before travelling are available for the following diseases:
- Yellow fever, typhoid and tuberculosis (TB)
- Tick-borne encephalitis, tetanus and rabies
- Polio, MMR (measles, mumps & rubella)
- Meningococcal meningitis, Japanese encephalitis
- Hepatitis A and B, diphtheria and cholera
As some vaccines must be administered some time before your trip, it is vital to check out what you require where in plenty of time before you intend to go.
Transmitted by mosquitoes, malaria is another common disease encountered by travellers. There is no vaccine for malaria, but it can be prevented by:
- Awareness of the potential risk
- Bite prevention, especially during the night
- Chemoprophylaxis, or taking malaria prevention tablets, and
- Rapid diagnosis and treatment
Other diseases for which there are no vaccines include:
- Dengue fever
- Zika virus disease
- Ebola virus and
Detailed information on all of the above mentioned diseases, where they may be contracted and possible steps to prevent contracting them can be found at TravelHealthPro.
Depending on the circumstances, contracting a disease on holiday may mean you could be entitled to compensation.
If, for example, your hotel is aware of the risk of mosquitoes infecting you with malaria, Dengue fever or Zika virus, but does not supply or at least make you aware of the need for a mosquito net at night, they may be held liable for your subsequent illness.
This obviously also applies to accidents on holiday that were caused by someone else’s mistake, inappropriate behaviour or failure to prevent personal injuries.
For example, if someone reported potential slip, trip or fall hazards in the hotel restaurant and nothing is done to remove these hazards as quickly as possible, any injuries resulting from slips, trip and falls because of these hazards would entitle you to claim for compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline
We have a team of skilled, highly experienced in-house solicitors available to assist you in claiming compensation for any trip, slip or fall injury, as well as other injuries abroad or diseases caught through no fault of your own.
Give our advisors a call on freephone 0333 500 0993 from your mobile, or 0800 689 0500 from a landline, to learn more about claim eligibility, how to claim and more.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice