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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Why you should have injections before travelling


    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.

    Other diseases

    Transmitted by mosquitoes, malaria is another common disease encountered by travellers. There is no vaccine for malaria, but it can be prevented by:

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    • 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
    • Schistosomiasis

    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.

    Compensation

    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.

    Accidental injuries

    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

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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