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SHaW Travel Medicine

SHaW Travel Medicine  provides a personalized, comprehensive and affordable consultation serving the needs of UConn students traveling internationally. 

Your journey begins with gathering information about your trip to help us create a plan that meets your specific needs based on both your health and travel itinerary.

Our use of travel specific technology assures that you are receiving the most current travel information and advisories from the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, the International Society for Travel Medicine and other agencies.

SHaW Travel Medicine Includes:

  • Personalized consultations with members of the SHaW travel medicine team.  
  • An assessment of required and recommended medications and vaccines.  
  • Travel focused expert advice and health information.  
  • Up-to-date country-specific handouts on travel-related medical issues and advisories.  
  • International Certificates of Vaccination/The World Health Organization Card required for regions with yellow fever. 
  • Knowledgeable business office staff to explain and help navigate your insurance coverage and out-of-pocket expenses.  

      Start Early! Vaccines need time to become effective.

      We recommend you complete the Travel Information Form at least six to eight weeks prior to your departure.

      Step 1 → Call (860) 486-2719 to have a Travel Information Form published to your SHaW health portal.
      Step 2 → Complete and submit the Travel Information form.
      Step 3 → Once you submit the completed form, our travel medicine nurses will contact you to start the process prior to your departure.


      • Travel consultations are required prior to receiving any travel vaccines or medications.  
      • Plan on appointments lasting 60 to 90 minutes, 45 minutes for the medical travel consultation and 15-30 minutes for vaccine administration.  
      • Review  Travelers' Health | CDC for your destination(s). 
      • Review immunization records on your portal and upload any missing vaccines.
      • If you have a printed travel itinerary for your trip, please bring that to your visit.
      • There is much you can do to improve the quality of your travel experience and prevent unwanted illness and injury. We encourage you to carefully read and consider our Travel Preparationinformation prior to your consultation.  

                  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.

                  APPOINTMENT INFO: 

                  • 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.

                  Student Health and Wellness is now offering travel consultations for destinations that require or recommend the yellow fever vaccine.  Visit the CDC: What is Yellow Fever for more information.

                  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.

                  Passport Health: Travel Immunizations/ Travel Health

                  CDC: Infectious Diseases Related to Travel