Study abroad can be a valuable experience that can change the way you think and look at the world. Traveling to another country can also become a nightmare if you are not prepared. Maintaining good health while traveling is not much different than staying healthy at home. Don’t excuse yourself from being careful just because you’re on a trip. The following recommendations offer tips on staying healthy and making your experience more enjoyable.
Many students participate in a Study Abroad program while at the University of La Verne. We offer services and can make referrals for those services we do not offer at Student Health Services.
- Study Abroad physicals
- Blood typing (if required)
- Immunizations (referrals as needed)
The Student Health Service has access to the most current information about common diseases and immunization suggestions/requirements of the countries to be visited. This information is provided at no cost to the students.
Safe Travel Practices
- Know which diseases are common in the areas you plan to visit or travel through.
- Begin to update immunizations for your trip, leaving plenty of time before travel.
- Be aware that food and water can be dangerous in developed, industrial or tourist areas as well as more remote areas. Remember that ice is a form of water.
- Do not eat uncooked foods such as salads that are washed in water. If you choose to eat uncooked foods, be sure to wash them in bottled or boiled water.
- Be careful about contact (including sexual contact) with other people as you would at home.
- Be sure the water is sanitary before bathing or swimming.
- Bring and use a reliable insect repellent for skin and clothing. Use netting when necessary and stay indoors during hours dangerous insects are most active.
You should also bring a record of your vaccinations, medicines, blood type and other important medical information when you travel. If you get sick on your trip these records could be useful to the Health Care Provider treating you. Your student health insurance identification card would also be useful to have on hand as well as information regarding any additional insurance coverage you may have.
Personal Travel Health Kit
Take a personal travel health kit on your travels. Things to include in the kit are: calamine lotion, antiseptic (germ killing) cream, insect repellent, sun block, pain killers (aspirin, Ibuprofen etc.), adhesive bandages, anti-diarrhea medication, motion sickness medication, prescription medications, as well as copies of all your prescription medication orders.