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Travellers 'shun vaccinations'

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A new poll has revealed that a considerable proportion of travellers who go on holidays to other countries do not take the recommended vaccinations.

According to the poll of 1800 people carried out by travel agency www.sunshine.co.uk, 43% have not taken the necessary injections before departing on a foreign trip.

As many as 36% of these people said a fear of needles was the main reason behind their decision, despite visiting places where vaccinations are recommended.

Some 29% said the vaccination was too expensive.

Nearly one in five, (19%) claimed that vaccination was not necessary and about one in 10 (11%) said that they had simply forgotten to take one.

Along with vaccinations, another thing travellers must not forget to do is to take out a travel insurance policy before they jet off to their holiday destinations.

Chris Brown, co-founder of sunshine.co.uk, said: "I think holidaymakers would be surprised at the list of destinations that you are recommended to get vaccinations for when visiting, but I think one of the reasons some choose to ignore this is that they aren't vital."

He added: "The fact that people didn't have their recommended injections due to fear of needles or lack of funds was a real shock."

© Press Association 2011