Travel and Immunization Clinic
Travel plans often necessitate a review of immunization status, booster vaccines, or prescriptions for specific medications such as anti-malarial drugs or antibiotics.
In preparation for travel, we invite students to visit Health Services not only to address the above, but for a risk assessment to determine the best advice to ensure healthy and safe travel. Prior to your visit to Health Services, please check the Center for Disease Control travel page at: http://www.cdc.gov/travel for the following information:
- Review country-specific information for immunization requirements and recommendations
- Review potential health risks in the area, and recommendations for disease prevention (i.e. malaria prophylaxis)
Have the following information handy as well:
- Style of travel, length of stay, season of travel
- Any medical problems, current prescriptions, over the counter medications, previous travel, immune problems, pregnancy
Many insurance programs now cover basic immunizations and booster doses at no charge under their preventive medicine benefits. If needed, a prescription will be written for the student to take to a nearby vaccine clinic. Health Services does not stock vaccines at this time.
Occasionally, for more complicated travel itineraries, a referral to a physician who specializes in travel medicine is advisable; any Health Services provider can facilitate this referral.