Travel Medicine Services

Our Travel Medicine Services are unavailable during the Summer and will resume at the start of the Fall 2019 semester.

Our Travel Medicine Service provides a comprehensive review and delivers personalized recommendations, medications and vaccinations based upon both your destination and your travel itinerary.  Pre-travel education and immunization are essential to avoid unnecessary risks from preventable diseases that may be unfamiliar to you.

We Offer:

  • Current and individualized health risk information and recommendations based on your travel itinerary, previous immunizations, and individual health needs.
  • Malaria prophylaxis and/or treatment for travel-related illnesses specific to your destination.
  • Individualized immunizations.
  • Links/printouts for each country of destination containing health and safety information.
  • Post-travel care and consultation, as needed.
  • Recommendation for traveler’s first aid kit and water purification.

 

Student Health and Wellness will not be scheduling travel consultations for destinations that require or recommend the yellow fever vaccine.  These destinations include sub-Saharan Africa and tropical South America.  See the CDC announcement below for more information. 

CDC Announcement: Temporary Total Depletion of US Licensed Yellow Fever Vaccine Addressed by Availability of Stamaril Vaccine at Selected Clinics

Sanofi Pasteur, the manufacturer of the only yellow fever vaccine (YF-Vax) licensed in the United States, announced that YF-Vax for civilian use is expected to be available from the manufacturer again by mid-2019. The vaccine Stamail, manufactured by Sanofi Pasteur in France, is registered and distributed in more than 70 countries. It is comparable in safety and efficacy to YF-Vax.  The manufacturer can provide Stamaril to only a limited number of clinics. Sanofi has identified sites throughout the United States to include in the program so patients can have continued access to yellow fever vaccine.  For information about which countries require yellow fever vaccination for entry and which countries the CDC recommends yellow fever vaccination, visit the CDC Travelers’ Health website.

 

Passport Health is a travel services provider that can provide Stamaril as part of a complete travel consultation.  Passport Health offers travel consultations at several locations in Connecticut as well as locations throughout the United States

Follow the links below for more information:

CDC: What is Yellow Fever

CDC: Infectious Diseases Related to Travel

Passport Health: Travel Immunizations/ Travel Health

Sanofi: Yellow Fever Vaccine Information

 

Schedule an Appointment

  • Bring all specific information you have about your travel plans (i.e., exact cities, accommodations) so that the provider can make a thorough assessment of the health risks.
  • Visits typically last one and a half hours. Thirty minutes with the provider and then additional time with the nurse before and after the provider appointment.
  • Please upload your complete immunization history/records at myhealth portal prior to your visit.

 

Plan Ahead
It is important to plan ahead as some vaccinations require a series of shots and must be completed a month or more before travel.

Services include:

  • Travel Consult
  • Travel Education
  • World Health Organization Card/ Pocket Immunization Record

Billing/Fees:

  • Flat fee of $50 for consult appointment
  • Immunizations billed to insurance

 

Information for Travelers

The Travelers’ Health website from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides travel notices and articles related to travel-health that will help world travelers prepare to manage illness and injury abroad.

 

Tips for Travelers

  • Plan to obtain necessary travel vaccinations beginning 4 to 6 weeks before your trip.
  • If there is a risk of malaria where you will visit, wear protective clothing, sleep behind netting or screening and use repellents to avoid mosquitoes transmitting malaria. Be sure to obtain and take preventive medication as prescribed.
  • Inquire whether any countries on your itinerary are reporting yellow fever, or require vaccination against this disease for entry, by contacting the International Traveler’s Medical Service or your local health department.
  • Take along a first-aid kit including an extra supply of medications you take regularly.
  • Carry an extra pair of prescription glasses or contact lenses in case yours are lost or broken.
  • Be aware of the effects that jet lag, altitude, climate, food or water may have on any chronic illness.
  • To help prevent diarrhea during travel to developing countries, avoid eating raw vegetables and fruits you cannot peel yourself. Also, avoid untreated water and ice.
  • If you become ill after returning home, remember to inform your health care provider your recent travel.