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Last Updated: 01/22/18

The 2018 Flu Season is already considered one of the worst flu seasons in nearly 10 years, and is expected to last another 3 months, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Squaremouth’s Flu Season and Travel Insurance Information Center explains when travel insurance can cover travelers who are bed-ridden with the flu and forced to cancel their trip. This resource is regularly updated by Squaremouth’s travel insurance experts with answers to frequently asked questions, official provider position statements, travel alerts and notices, and other information as the storm develops.

Questions? Squaremouth’s travel insurance experts are on hand to answer your questions. We are available from 8am to 10pm ET daily by chat and by phone at 1-800-240-0369.

The 2018 flu season is considered to be the worst since 2009.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention expects this flu season to last another 11 to 13 weeks.

The flu outbreak has reached the entire U.S., and has been called an "epidemic" by the CDC.

Fact Sheets and Press Releases

  • Traveling During Flu Season: Squaremouth Breaks Down Travel Insurance Coverage

    January 23, 2018 – This year’s flu season is the most widespread in more than a decade, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, causing concern among travelers who are closely gathered in crowded areas such as airports and planes. Leading travel insurance comparison company, Squaremouth, explains how the flu is covered by travel insurance.

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FAQs

  • Am I covered to cancel my trip if my family member contracts to Norovirus?

    If one of your family member contracts the Norovirus prior to your departure, you may be covered by your policy’s Trip Cancellation benefit.

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  • What if I get the Norovirus while on my trip?

    If you contract the Norovirus while traveling, you may be covered for related medical expenses and to return home early if medically necessary. Contact your provider’s 24-Hour Emergency Assistance department as soon as possible for advice and direction.

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  • What if I contract the Norovirus before I leave for my trip?

    If you get the Norovirus before your trip, you may be covered by your policy’s Trip Cancellation benefit.

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  • Can I cancel my trip if I’m worried about getting the Norovirus?

    Fear of contracting the Norovirus is not a covered reason to cancel a trip under standard Trip Cancellation policies.

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  • What types of current events are covered by travel insurance?

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    Travel insurance can cover unforeseen events, including unexpected illnesses, terrorist attacks, inclement weather and natural disasters, and other events that cause a complete cessation of travel, such as a strike of a travel supplier.

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  • Can I cancel my trip because of a CDC Alert?

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    Under most standard Trip Cancellation policies, an alert from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is not a covered reason to cancel a trip, however some providers may offer this coverage.

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  • Does the Cancel For Any Reason benefit allow me to cancel my trip due to the Zika virus?

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    If a traveler has a policy that includes the Cancel For Any Reason benefit, they can cancel their trip for any reason at all, including fear of contracting the Zika virus.

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  • Am I covered to cancel my trip to a destination affected by the Zika virus?

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    A travel health alert is not considered a covered reason to cancel a trip under the Trip Cancellation benefit, nor is ‘fear’ of traveling due to contracting the virus.

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  • What if I contract the Zika virus while traveling?

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    If you become infected with the Zika virus while traveling, please contact the 24-hour Emergency Assistance number of your provider. Depending on your policy, Emergency Medical and Medical Evacuation benefits may be available to you.

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  • Can I cancel my trip to a Zika affected country if I become pregnant?

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    While no policies include coverage to cancel your trip due to your destination being a Zika-affected country, some policies do provide cancellation coverage for travelers who become pregnant after purchasing a policy, regardless of their destination country.

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