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Centers fro Disease Control and Prevwntion
London? Tokyo? Ecuador?
With such a wide variety of international programs to choose from, deciding where and what to study may be a difficult task. However, armed with the right information, there is one pre-travel task that's easy — preparing for a safe and healthy trip!
Preparing for Travel
Learn about Places You'll Visit
Visit the CDC Travelers' Health Web site to find out about the health risks in your destination(s) and how you can stay healthy in all the places you will be visiting during your study-abroad program. To begin your research, select your destinations from the drop-down menu at the top of the page.
Make an Appointment with a Travel Medicine Specialist
Make an appointment to see a doctor familiar with travel medicine at least 4–6 weeks before you leave. Make sure you tell the doctor where you are going and what your style of travel will be (e.g., living in a city, living in a rural area). The doctor will review your medical history and your study-abroad program to make sure you receive the right vaccinations, medicines, and information on safety and security.
Get Your Vaccines
At the very minimum, you should be up to date on all routine vaccinations, such as for influenza, chickenpox (or varicella), polio, measles/mumps/rubella (MMR), and diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus (DPT). For many countries, CDC recommends other, travel-related vaccines. Be sure to check CDC's Travelers' Health Web site and to talk to your doctor about which shots are best for you.
Take Care of Routine Health Care
Tell Others Where You Are Going