GROWING ‘HOLIDAY EXPLORER’ MINDSET COULD BE PUTTING BRITISH HOLIDAYMAKERS AT INCREASED RISK OF TRAVEL-RELATED ILLNESS

A new survey of 2,000 people, commissioned by Sanofi Pasteur, suggests that only 17% of British holidaymakers always get a travel health risk assessment* before they travel. 9 in 10 (95%) British holidaymakers are venturing beyond the resort and exploring their surroundings while they are abroad, which could further increase their risk of travel-related illness. Half (50%) of people surveyed are unaware travel health risk assessments are available from GP surgeries, private health clinics and some pharmacies.i

Many of the people surveyed are unaware that vaccination may be recommended for destinations such as Turkey (75%), Morocco (49%) and Mexico (48%), which are among the top 15 destinations visited by UK holidaymakers.

Of those surveyed who never get the recommended vaccinations for their destination, over half (55%) stated they didn’t know they needed to get any travel vaccinations, 27% didn’t leave enough time to seek travel health advice before a trip and approximately one in five (21%) revealed they don’t know how to go about getting travel vaccinations.i

Nearly half (49%) of those who never get the recommended vaccinations (n=240), cited cost as a reason. While over half (56%) of British holidaymakers surveyed (n=2,010) spend between £75-£150 on holiday preparations like beauty treatments, new clothes, new luggage and cosmetics, the same percentage (56%) allocate approximately £75 for travel health precautions including travel health insurance, sun cream, insect repellent and vaccinations.

Holidaymakers are advised by the NHS to seek a travel health risk assessment before going abroad.