The Student Health Center provides information and advice to students for international travel, both for a study abroad program and leisure. Students can make an appointment with a provider for travel education, immunizations, medications, and pre- and post-travel health exams necessary for worldwide destinations.
Before You Go
- Plan well in advance. If possible, begin two to six months before your departure date since some immunizations require more than one shot spaced a specific time apart.
- Consider having a general physical exam done by your primary care provider. This is especially important if you have a chronic health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma or immune system problems.
- Visit the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention web site for more traveling/studying abroad tips. Detailed, country-specific information regarding requirements and recommendations are provided.
- Make sure your routine immunizations are up to date. See “Immunizations” below.
- Submit a pre-travel worksheet and immunization records. See “Travel Appointment” below.
Prior to a pre-travel appointment, locate your childhood and adult immunization records, including:
- Td (Tetanus/Diphtheria) or Tdap within the past 5-10 years
- MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella): two doses
- Completion of primary series as a child
- Booster may be needed depending on your travel destination
- Hepatitis B: three-dose series recommended for every college student
- Hepatitis A: two-dose series recommended for every college student traveling outside the United States
- Meningococcal Meningitis: if living in a dormitory setting
- Chickenpox: immunity protection either by disease, blood test or vaccine
- Pneumococcal: for those with certain chronic health conditions
- Influenza: recommended yearly for every college student
Before your appointment:
- Complete the pre-travel visit worksheet (PDF). Fax to 573-884-8902 or email the completed worksheet
- Locate your immunization records. You may send your immunization documents to the Student Health Center by using this secure upload function in MyZou. If you want someone (e.g., a parent) to upload these documents for you, you must first give them additional authorized access. If you have any questions or problems using the secure upload function, please call 573-882-4661.
- After documentations are received, a staff member will contact you to set up an appointment with a primary care provider. The appointment may take up to one hour. There is a charge for travel visits.