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Holidaymakers urged to seek doctor's advice

26 September 2008 15:37

Holidaymakers urged to seek doctor's advice

Holidaymakers have been urged to visit their doctors prior to going on their summer break, as adequate vaccination advice can help limit the number of unnecessary medical claims, according to the Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland (MDDUS).

Dr Gail Gilmartin, medico-legal advisor of the MDDUS, states on that doctors are taking a huge risk if they fail in their duty of providing adequate advice to all their patients.

She added: "It's the time of year when people are heading off abroad for a carefree summer holiday. If they seek vaccinations or prophylaxis, the advice they receive at the same time must be adequate or their doctor risks a claim."

Malaria is one condition that can be contracted on holiday and although the number of malaria cases among UK travellers is down 12 per cent, according to 2007 figures from the Health Protection Agency, holidaymakers should still take out travel insurance in case they are bitten by a mosquito and are infected with the disease.

Britons have also been warned of infection risks when on holiday by Dr Dipti Patel, from the health service Masta, who told the Metro that tropical diseases have been reported in countries such as Italy, France and Spain.ADNFCR-1320-ID-18629998-ADNFCR