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Protect your family while on holiday with prices for travel insurance

Vaccinations are important when travelling abroad is advised for the prevention of disease and infections. However, when travelling abroad with family, there are a few extra points you should consider before travelling.

Do children need additional vaccinations when on holiday?

Children will need to be vaccinated against the same illnesses that you are before they travel. If your child is younger than 12-15 months when travelling and has not yet had the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, they're able to be given this as early as 6 months old. They'll need this extra vaccination before travelling outside the UK as the probability of contracting this may be higher in some areas.

Do you need to be of a certain age before you can be vaccinated?

Children are normally vaccinated at around 12-15 months old. However, they can be vaccinated at any time past the age of 8 weeks. If you're travelling before they're a year old, you should check with your local GP.

What methods of vaccination are available for children?

Most vaccinations will be applied with a needle. However, children usually do have the option to have anaesthetic cream applied to the area before the injection. If your child needs more than one vaccination, then you can spread these shots over a number of appointments rather than overloading your child with too many shots at once.

Immunisation is important to protect your children from becoming ill when abroad. Having the relevant vaccinations is usually a simple process through which you can help them. There are a number of clever distraction techniques you can use to help your child relax and overcome the fear of the needle.

Remember you can take out family travel insurance, which will cover your family on holiday if the worst should happen.

Holiday Extras Travel Insurance is sold and administered by Holiday Extras Cover Limited who are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority under registration number 828848.

Holiday Extras™ is a Trading Name of Holiday Extras Cover Limited

Holiday Extras Travel Insurance is provided by Taurus Insurance Services, an insurance intermediary licenced and authorised in Gibraltar by the Financial Services Commission under Permission Number 5566 and authorised to passport general insurance intermediary services into the UK and registered with the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK under registration number 444830.

The insurance is underwritten by Great Lakes Insurance SE. Great Lakes Insurance SE is a German insurance company with its headquarters at Königinstrasse 107, 80802 Munich. UK Branch office: 10 Fenchurch Avenue, London, EC3M 5BN, company number SE000083. Great Lakes Insurance SE, UK Branch, is authorised and regulated by Bundesanstalt für Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht. Deemed authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority. Firm Reference Number: 769884. Subject to regulation by the Financial Conduct Authority and limited regulation by the Prudential Regulation Authority. Details of the Temporary Permissions Regime, which allows EEA-based firms to operate in the UK for a limited period while seeking full authorisation, are available on the Financial Conduct Authority’s website.