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Travel Abroad

Healthy Preparation for Travel and Study Abroad

When traveling for pleasure or academic credit, many either forget or delay getting the appropriate immunization needed for their destination. At the Health Center, we want to you to be immersed in the culture and return to campus healthy and wise. We can do this by talking about your travel plans and scheduling your immunizations.

Travel appointment

  • Plan well in advance of departure date. Begin the process 2-6 months before you are scheduled to leave the country
    • Some immunizations require multiple shots spaced a specific time apart. It’s better to start early and have a plan.
  • Complete the pre-travel visit worksheet and locate your most current immunization records (routine Immunizations).
  • Fax 573-884-8902 or email completed worksheet along with a copy of your immunization records to the Student Health Center.
    • Note: We can only reply to student’s University of Missouri email accounts.
  • Once the information is received, a Student Health Center staff member will contact you to set up an appointment time to meet with a primary care provider. Please note the appointment duration may take up to one hour.
  • There is a charge for travel visits.
  • Visit the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s (CDC) web site for traveling/studying abroad tips.

Travel education, immunizations, medications, and pre- and post travel health exams are offered to MU students planning to travel abroad. Emphasis is placed on prevention of illness and safety during travel. Destination specific information, focusing on issues such as malaria, traveler’s diarrhea, food and water precautions, insect/animal avoidance techniques and personal medical history, will be discussed at the visits.

General Physical Exam

  • Before a travel abroad experience, every MU student should consider having a general physical exam done by their primary care provider.
  • This is especially important for those that have a chronic health condition such as diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma or problems with their immune system.

Routine Immunizations

  • Students should make sure that all of their routine immunizations are up to date.
  • Prior to an appointment, each student should attempt to locate their childhood and adult immunization records focusing on the dates of the following:
    • Td (Tetanus/Diphtheria) or Tdap VIS
      • within the past 5-10 years
    • MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)
      • two doses within a person’s lifetime
    • Polio
      • completion of primary series as a child
      • you may need a booster depending on your travel destination
    • Hepatitis B
      • recommended for every college student
    • Hepatitis A
      • recommended for every college student traveling outside the United States
    • Meningococcal Meningitis
      • especially if you are living in a dormitory setting
    • Chickenpox
      • know your level of immunity protection either by disease, blood test or vaccine
    • Pneumococcal
      • for those with certain chronic health conditions
    • Influenza
      • recommended for every college student
    • Tuberculosis (TB) skin test
      • before departure and have it repeated 8-10 weeks upon return (if traveling to a country with a high rate of TB)
    • Below is a list of travel-specific vaccinations that may be recommended and/or required based upon the students’ destination:
          • Japanese Encephalitis
          • Rabies
          • Typhoid
          • Yellow Fever

Other web sites for travel recommendations