TORONTO, Nov. 8, 2011 /CNW/ - As we head into the busiest time of the
year for travel, RBC Insurance offers important advice to Canadians
planning to travel during flu season.
"The risk of catching the flu increases between the months of October
through April and can result in an unexpected change in travel plans,"
said Martha Turnbull, head, Travel Claims, RBC Insurance. "That's why
Canadians should take the time to better understand their travel
insurance coverage so the flu doesn't delay or cancel their trip
A recent RBC Insurance survey found that only 51 per cent of Canadians
understand what their travel insurance covers before they leave on a
Martha Turnbull, also a registered nurse, is available for interviews to
discuss various travel health considerations before and during travel
Make sure all of your immunizations are up-to-date.
Determine what immunizations are required for countries that you are
Don't put off getting any immunizations - some require more than one
dose and others may take time to become fully effective.
If you're feeling sick before you go
Consult your doctor or health care professional to ensure that your
travel plans don't present a health risk.
Contact your insurer to determine if you would be covered during your
trip if your condition gets worse.
Ensure sufficient health care is available when travelling to remote
Bring recent medical reports or summaries in case of a medical
Packing prescription medications should be another consideration.
Protecting yourself while away
Wash your hands thoroughly and often, using hand sanitizer as needed.
Keep hands away from your face to reduce risk of contact with viruses
Eat only foods that have been thoroughly cooked and avoid foods that
have been sitting out for long periods of time.
Drink bottled beverages, especially water.
Avoid ice if you are not sure it's made from purified water.
For further information:
or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Margie McNeil, RBC Corporate Communications, 905 606-1425, firstname.lastname@example.org
Angela Gordon, RBC Corporate Communications, 905 816-5650, email@example.com