Although you may have been provided with information about vaccinations for your study abroad program, it is YOUR responsibility to check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website to see what, if any, vaccinations and/or medical tests are required or recommended for your host country. It also YOUR responsibility to obtain any vaccinations and/or medical tests before you travel abroad. You should contact your home physician, visit a travel clinic, and/or check with Elon Health Services.
Please keep in mind that there are different categories of vaccinations of which you should be aware: routine, recommended, and required.
Be sure that you and your family are up to date on your routine vaccinations. These vaccines are necessary for protection from diseases that are still common in many parts of the world even though they rarely occur in the United States.
These vaccines are recommended to protect travelers from illnesses present in other parts of the world and to prevent infectious diseases from crossing international borders. Which vaccinations you need will depend on a number of factors including your destination, whether you will be spending time in rural areas, the season of the year you are traveling, your age, health status, and previous vaccinations.
Currently, the only vaccine required by International Health Regulations is yellow fever vaccination for travel to certain countries in sub-Saharan Africa, such as Ghana, and tropical South America, such as Ecuador. In addition to vaccinations, other countries may require medical tests, such as an HIV test, prior to entry.
Elon Health Services partners with a travel clinic every fall to provide vaccinations and medications for Winter Term (WT) and spring semester study-abroad students.
Information on the WT 2014 and Spring 2014 travel clinic COMING SOON from the R.N. Ellington Center for Health and Wellness.