There are many things to consider and accomplish prior to your overseas travel. The following are a few of the most important related to your health, safety and security.
Usually a family physician does not have the necessary background to provide travel information, since travel medicine is a unique specialty. A travel specialist is trained to consider your health history, current medications, drug allergies, and travel plans when recommending shots and other medications.
Find a travel clinic and make an appointment as soon as possible so that you can get a scheduled appointment in time to complete any recommended immunization series. Many travel clinics often book far in advance (especially around the holidays), and some immunizations need to be started months in advance of your departure. Thus, you should call to make your appointment at least 3 months before your travel date.
A good place to start in identifying a travel clinic is with your US health insurance. This allows you to fully understand coverage, if any, for the visit. Note: travel clinic treatments are often not covered in US insurance plans.
Clinics Specializing in Travel Medicine:
The university values student health and safety abroad. Review additional tips and resources at health abroad.
Because the health and safety of study abroad participants are the primary concern for all study abroad providers, the following guidelines have been developed to provide useful practical guidance to participants. Although no set of guidelines can guarantee the health and safety needs of each individual involved in a study abroad program, these guidelines address issues that merit attention and thoughtful judgment. (See the full set of guidelines on health and safety).
All Participants Should:
Boynton Health Services: UofM medical office providing primary care, mental health, and other health services
Boynton International Travel Clinic: UofM clinic providing travel consultation, immunizations, and more
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Find country-specific health information and recommendations
Health abroad: Info from GPS Alliance
Maintaining Strong Mental & Emotional Health: Info on the intersection of mental health and traveling abroad from the Center for Global Education
Pre-travel planning: Pre-departure steps from the Learning Abroad Center
Student Counseling Services: UofM office providing counseling, academic support, groups, and workshops
Travel Health Online: Travel medicine resource
Lonely Planet Travel Guides: Local information for destinations around the world
State Department Travel Warnings: Lists of current travel alerts, warnings, and consular messages
Safety issues abroad: Safety information from the Center for Global Education
Things you should know about foreign drug laws: Info from the US State Department
Review more Program Health & Safety information.