Congratulations! You have decided to participate in a study-abroad program. Though your trip is not for a few months, there are preliminary preparations that must be done. It is your responsibility to start preparations for vaccinations early. Many of the vaccines required/recommended for travel abroad need to be started up to six months before you travel.
Vaccinations should be among your first consideration when planning international travel. The most important factor to consider is whether you will be traveling to areas where the disease risk is greater than the risk at home. Many developing countries have very primitive public health standards: disease outbreaks can occur suddenly and spread rapidly. Consequently, it is important to get up-to-date information about current conditions in the countries that you plan to visit. An important website to visit is the CDC Travelers' Health site.
Health education for travel is very important because many diseases are not vaccine-preventable. Even with vaccines, immunity varies and coverage is rarely 100 percent. Most vaccines have minimal side effects. As with any vaccine, the benefits far outweigh the risks.
Vaccines are costly: however, they are not a luxury and are recommended for a reason. Country officials do not want you to bring diseases into their countries, nor do you want to return home with a disease, which could have been prevented by taking certain precautions.
Vaccine recommendations are tailored for you from information the faculty advisor shares with Health Service staff regarding your itinerary and activities while traveling. Please review the disease and vaccine information enclosed.
After you have read this material, you must make some decisions about the recommended vaccines you plan to receive. Health Service suggests you discuss this with your parents and make arrangements for your immunizations as soon as possible.
Your insurance may cover some immunizations if done by your local health-care provider. Check this out. Health Service does not file insurance for you. This is your responsibility.
Available at Health Service:
Use the links at left above to learn more about general travel tips, traveler's vaccines, food, water, and traveler's diarrhea, jet lag and airplane earaches, and a traveler's medical kit.
To learn more about the academic programs and courses that are available while studying abroad, please visit Luther's Study-Abroad portion of this website.