Call for an instant quote
0345 90 80 161
Open Mon to Fri 09:00 - 17:30 | Sat 09:00 - 16:00 (GMT)
21 May 2013 09:23
Holidaymakers do not need to have a booster vaccination to stop them from getting yellow fever
Holidaymakers who have had a vaccination against yellow fever do not need a booster a decade down the line, according to health officials. The World Health Organisation (WHO) claims one single immunisation against the disease is enough to give lifelong immunity.
Yellow fever, which is particularly prevalent in parts of Africa, South America and Trinidad and Tobago, is a potentially fatal viral disease that usually spreads via a type of mosquito. However, there have only been 12 known cases which occurred "post-vaccination" since the 1930s when immunisation began.
Diseases such as yellow fever are a reminder of the importance of
medical travel insurance for holidaymakers heading overseas.
Dr Helen Rees, chairman of WHO's Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on immunisation, says it is quite clear a single dose of yellow fever vaccine is effective - going against conventional guidance that suggests the vaccination has to be boosted after 10 years. Nevertheless, medical travel insurance is still advised when travelling to high risk areas.
21 October 2016
A union is warning of travel chaos over the Christmas period at four major UK airports, unless a baggage carrier transfers staff to other companies.
20 October 2016
Thousands of passengers faced travel chaos yesterday after rail service through the Channel Tunnel was suspended because of a power failure.
19 October 2016
People planning holidays from Gatwick Airport in the run up to Christmas could face travel chaos as unions threaten to strike over a pension dispute.
18 October 2016
Eurostar has said it will cut 12 services from London St Pancras to Paris and Brussels.
15 October 2016
Tourists in Thailand are being advised to "behave respectfully" and wear "sombre" clothing as the country mourns King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
14 October 2016
Holidaymakers are being warned to buy currency in advance as exchange rates being offered are as little as 0.96 euro to the pound at airports.
13 October 2016
Scientists say there is strong evidence air pollution and vitamin D deficiency can cause dementia.
12 October 2016
More people are going on holiday than at any time in the past five years despite terror attacks and the impact of Brexit, according to a study.
11 October 2016
People from across North Carolina had to be rescued from their homes as the downgraded Hurricane Matthew blew out to sea - leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.
04 October 2016
People travelling abroad is on the rise, according to the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO)
08 October 2016
A hurricane pelting the coast of Florida and described as a 'monster' by a local official has brought chaos to the state, with flights cancelled, homes evacuated and theme parks shut.
07 October 2016
Low-cost airline easyJet says its profits will nosedive as terrorist attacks and air traffic control strikes are taking their toll on the company.