Traveling abroad can be an incredible experience. The sights, the history and the memories you take away from your trip will last a lifetime. However, it is important that before you travel, you make sure to prepare yourself to help prevent some unfortunate occurrences, such as illness and injury. Some countries have recommendations for travelers before they arrive, so it’s important to do your research and know before you go.
Before traveling abroad, here are some important topics and questions to research:
- Are there required vaccinations for the country you’re visiting?
- Are there recommended tools for prevention (i.e. mosquito nets) that travelers should bring with them?
- Does your health insurance cover you in another country?
- Do you need additional travel insurance?
- Do you know where to go if you get sick while abroad?
- Are the food and water safe for human consumption in the country you’re visiting?
- Are there medications you should take while abroad to prevent illness (i.e. malaria or traveler’s diarrhea prevention medication)?
Consider making an appointment at University Health Service four to six weeks before your trip. Please note that the cost of travel vaccinations is not included under the Health Fee, although students with the Health Fee get a discount on vaccines. Check with your health insurance plan for details on vaccination coverage.
Call 859-323-APPT (2778) to schedule a travel appointment. Make sure that you bring a copy of your immunization record with you to your appointment so that the clinician seeing you will know which vaccines you need for your trip. If you prefer, you can email an attachment of your vaccine record to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: Immunization Records.
You can obtain travel counseling, travel physical exams and the vaccinations required for travel. University Health Service offers:
- Travel vaccines including Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Td/Tdap), Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Typhoid, Yellow Fever, Japanese Encephalitis, Polio, Rabavert, Influenza and MMR.
- Travel physicals.
- Country-specific travel counseling and advice.
- Prescriptions for illness prevention for malaria or traveler’s diarrhea.
- Insurance information.