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Study Abroad

If you are planning on traveling abroad, you may need immunizations prior to leaving the country. As soon as your travel program has been approved, schedule a travel physical at the University of Denver Health and Counseling Center (HCC),at least 4-6 weeks before you travel. It is important to allow enough time for immunizations because many take time to become effective and some must be administered in a series. Generally, health risks and illness are greater in developing countries than developed countries.

Study Abroad Checklist

Below is a check list of health-related tasks to complete prior to studying abroad. Please refer to the Centers for Disease Control website for more information.

  • Schedule your travel physical at the HCC at least 4-6 weeks prior to leaving the country.
  • You will need your updated immunization record so travel vaccines can be recorded. If you have a copy of your immunization record, please bring it to your appointment. If you do not have a copy, please ask if we have a copy on file when you call to schedule your appointment.
  • Please have a general idea of all regions you intend to visit, as well as activities that you are interested in participating in, so appropriate vaccinations can be administered.
  • If you will be taking birth control or other medications, you will need to take a large enough supply to last while you are abroad. We can write the prescription.
  • You will also need to take a written prescription of all medications, including birth control, in case you need a refill while abroad.
  • Put together a traveler's health kit. Visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website to view a list of suggested items or talk to your health care provider.
  • Visit the Traveler's Health section on CDC website to see specific guidelines and current notices about the country you will be traveling in.

Did you Know?

Traveling in a malaria-endemic area? Some anti-malarial pills must be taken for a week before traveling into an infected area.

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