Travel Abroad

Obtaining the appropriate vaccinations prior to international travel is vital to the health and academic success of students planning to study abroad.

Travel Abroad Clinic
Health Promotion Services provides private consultation to students planning to travel overseas. Topics include vaccinations, health insurance, and health clinic references. Students seeking consultation prior to traveling abroad can schedule an appointment with HPS.

Travel Check List

Have you scheduled a visit to your doctor?

Ideally, set one up 4 to 6 weeks before your trip. Most vaccines take time to become effective in your body and some vaccines must be given in a series over a period of days or sometimes weeks.

Are you aware of which types of vaccinations you may need?

CDC divides vaccines for travel into three categories: routine, recommended, and required. While your doctor will tell you which ones you should have, it’s best to be aware of them ahead of time.

Routine Vaccinations 

These vaccines are necessary for protection from diseases that are still common in many parts of the world even though they rarely occur in the United States.

Required Vaccinations

The only vaccine required by International Health Regulations is yellow fever vaccination for travel to certain countries in sub-Saharan Africa and tropical South America. Meningococcal vaccination is required by the government of Saudi Arabia.

Recommended Vaccinations

Certain vaccines are recommended to protect travelers from illness present in other parts of the world and to prevent the importation of infectious diseases across international borders. 

Which vaccinations you need depends on a number of factors including your destination, whether you will be spending time in rural areas, the season of the year you are traveling, your age, health status, and previous immunizations.

Visit the CDC Destination Page and look up information on the country or countries you will visit.