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Travel Health

**IMPORTANT: Students must bring documentation listed below (and on the side bar) to their appointment OR they cannot be seen for a travel appointment at SHAC.**

Making a Travel Visit Appointment

At SHAC, it is our goal to provide students with information about how to stay safe on their trip abroad, and provide advice, immunizations recommendations, and in some cases specialized medications.

We recommend that a student schedules an appointment well in advance of their trip, ideally 6-8 weeks prior to travel. It is important to plan ahead. Some vaccines may take up to a month to become fully effective, and others require a series of injections.

Immunizations and any prescriptions students receive will be based on their medical conditions, itinerary, and planned activities. Depending on where they travel, we will also advise about ways to decrease risk of infection from food, water, and insects.

A copy of the student's previous immunization history is REQUIRED for their travel appointment at SHAC. Documentation of immunization dates can be found at their doctor's office or previously attended schools. Serologic proof of immunity for measles, mumps, rubella, Hep A, Hep B, and varicella can be done but this test is not covered by health insurance. The student will solely be responsible for the cost of the test. Immunizations and/or medications for travel may not be covered by insurance and it is the student's responsibility to contact their individual insurance carrier for coverage benefits.

Again, SHAC requires students to bring their previous immunization record to the SHAC travel visit appointment. If they do not bring this documentation their appointment will be rescheduled and a $25 charge will be incurred. When the appointment is scheduled SHAC also requires that the student give detailed information about which countries they will travel to and how long they will be in the area.

Must-haves for SHAC appointment:

  • A complete copy of immunization history
  • Any Titer blood tests done to prove immunity
  • Scheduled appointment 6-8 weeks prior to travel
  • A complete list of where you are traveling to and through

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