Travel Clinics of America is your best choice for receiving high-quality pre-travel care, sound travel advice, and peace of mind.
Student travel to the developing world is more popular than ever. Whether you are spending a week or a semester abroad, taking precautions helps to ensure that these memorable experiences are not marred by tropical diseases, injuries, or preventable accidents. Fortunately, study abroad programs are typically planned long in advance so there is ample time to receive necessary travel shots, including those for yellow fever and hepatitis, as well as important advice on how to stay safe.
High school and college students unfamiliar with the language and culture of their destination country must be particularly vigilant to utilize sound judgment when engaging in financial transactions, accepting social invitations, or entering into personal relationships. The rules and social norms abroad may be quite different from those in the students’ hometowns or educational institutions.
Travel immunizations (shots)
- Schedule an appointment with a Travel Clinics of America physician to receive recommended travel vaccinations and to update your routine immunizations.
- The recommended travel vaccines depend on the countries on your itinerary, the length of your visit, your accommodations, and whether you will be staying in urban or rural areas.
- If you will be staying several weeks in a rural area, you may be advised to receive the rabies vaccine series.
Low budget travel
Students frequently travel on a tight budget and may make money-saving decisions that put them at risk. Taking a few precautions may decrease these risks.
- Consume only hot foods at buffets and from street vendors to lessen the risk of contracting foodborne illnesses.
- Do not share water bottles or eat from shared plates.
- Wash hands and use hand sanitizers frequently.
- Use bed netting pre-treated with permethrin if you are in malaria risk areas.
- Rent accommodations with window screens; otherwise keep windows closed.
- Rent accommodations with safety doors and window locks.
- Use a money belt for cash and important documents.