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.
Services & Appointment Information
- 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. Visit the CDC: What is Yellow Fever for more information.
- Schedule an Appointment by calling 860 486-4700.
- Bring all the specific information you have about your travel plans (cities and destinations, accommodations, etc.) so that the provider can make a thorough assessment of the health risks you could encounter.
- Visits can be accomplished on one day or may possibly need a return visit for immunizations.
- Please upload your complete immunization history/records at myhealth portal prior to your visit.
Travel Tips & Advice
Plan Ahead: It is important to plan ahead as some vaccinations require a series of immunizations and must be completed a month or more before traveling.
- 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.
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 for and manage illness and injury abroad.