Flu Season is Here: Travel Safely with the Protection of Travel Insurance
Advice from the US Travel Insurance Association
With the low presence of Influenza (Flu) in the past two years and COVID-19 restrictions continuing to loosen, this years’ flu season has the potential to be severe. The US Travel Insurance Association (UStiA) strongly advises travelers to protect themselves from this highly contagious disease.
According to the U.S. Centers for disease control (CDC), the Flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that can affect the nose, throat, and lungs. The best way to prevent flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year.
Don’t let the flu stop you. Travel insurance can provide a measure of comfort and security to travelers whose plans must be cancelled or are delayed because they, a family member, or traveling companion have contracted the flu or other illness. An insurance plan can help reimburse nonrefundable payments for airline tickets, cruise, tour, and hotel arrangements. In the event your trip is cut short due to becoming ill, some travel insurance policies can reimburse for any unused, non-reimbursable days remaining in the trip. Should a traveler require emergency medical attention, insurance policies can help locate an accredited local doctor or medical facility, as well as help cover emergency costs and additional expenses that may be incurred, such as extra hotel nights and meals.
In case of illness travelers should:
Review Policy. Before leaving for your trip be sure to review your policy and understand exactly what it covers. Always carry your policy number and the 24-hour hotline number with you during your trip.
Keep all records. Receipts from travel arrangements, such as airline flights or hotel accommodations, are required when filing your insurance claim.
Obtain medical proof. If you become ill during a trip you will need a doctor’s statement or medical records to substantiate your claim.
UStiA is a nonprofit association of insurance carriers and allied businesses involved in the development, administration, and marketing of travel insurance and assistance services. UStiA promotes fairness, integrity, and a commitment to excellence in the travel insurance industry, with a mission to educate the public on travel insurance while maintaining high industry standards. For more information on UStiA and travel insurance, visit www.ustia.org.