Studying Abroad This Fall? Take This Easy Step to Stay Healthy

Studying abroad allows opportunities to meet new people, see exotic lands and experience new cultures, but the most important thing about traveling is your safety. If you are a college student who’s planning to go abroad for the upcoming fall semester, now is the time to prepare yourself and look at possible vaccinations you will need to ensure that your trip is not ruined by an avoidable interruption in another country. Especially with August recognized as National Immunization Awareness Month.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are 28 vaccine-preventable diseases that exist today. The CDC has three categories of vaccinations it recommends for traveling abroad:

  • Routine vaccinations — for diseases that are still prevalent around the world
  • Recommended vaccinations — for common diseases and to prevent the spreading of disease across international borders
  • Required vaccinations — set by the International Health Regulations or vaccinations required to enter desired destination

Vaccines vary depending on the time of the year, your health, previous countries visited and the destination you are headed to. The CDC provides a destination map with country-by-country information.

Earlier this year, the CDC issued a measles advisory due to an outbreak in Europe, Africa and Asia in which more than 80,500 cases were reported between January and April 2011.

While you still have time, be sure to consider the cost of a vaccination and consultation. Adult immunizations can exceed $100. It is also extremely important to be aware of the health situation of the country you are visiting. To find out more information, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Vaccination Checklist before you go abroad.

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