Health Preparation

  • Nabonita Hoq in Peru

    "I was only able to go travel to the Amazon Rainforest with my program because I had gotten my yellow fever vaccination prior to leaving for Peru!" - Nita Hoq ’17

  • Preparing prior to departure and taking care of yourself while abroad are both extremely important in having a rewarding time abroad. Keeping yourself healthy should be a top priority.

    It is important to remember that studying abroad can be stressful both physically and mentally. A healthy mind and body are essential for a successful study abroad experience. Before you leave, you should get physical and dental checkups to make sure everything is in order. Make sure to have your doctor write out any standard prescriptions which you use with both brand and generic names (in case the brand name is not recognized internationally). This includes your eyeglass and contact lens prescriptions, allergy medicine, birth control pills, and asthma medicine. You should take an extra pair of glasses or contact lenses with you. If possible, take enough prescription drugs with you to last the entire stay overseas because if they are not offered in your host country, problems may arise. Make sure to pack them in clearly marked bottles and have the prescription with you in case a customs officer requests it. Additionally, check on the legality of bringing your medicine into your host country.

    Your routine immunizations should be up-to-date before you travel. This includes polio, diphtheria, tetanus, measles, mumps, and rubella. All students have these records on file at the Brandeis University Health Center.

    Check out your specific country to see if you are forgetting any! Immunizations can be obtained from the Health Center, your own physician, or a travel clinic. If you have other questions about which immunizations you might need, please check with your program.

    Note: The incidence of tuberculosis is higher in many other parts of the world than in the United States. Although it is not a routine vaccination for many destinations, it is wise to ask your health care provider about getting vaccinated against some of the strongest strands of tuberculosis. Also remember that some countries may require an AIDS test, chest X-ray, or proof of a yellow fever shot before allowing you to enter.

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