An extensive travel program is available to serve students, faculty and staff who may be traveling abroad. Users of the clinic receive information about immunization requirements in the parts of the world to which they will travel, disease prevention, handling of medications, dealing with emergencies and obtaining medical assistance abroad. Programs are provided for both individuals and groups. Appointments with a travel nurse are encouraged; call 541-737-WELL (9355) to schedule. Prior to your Travel Consult appointment, please print a hardcopy of the International Medical Questionnaire (PDF), fill it out, and bring it with you.
For student travel to developing countries, it is highly recommended that students schedule a 60-minute Travel Consultation visit. The cost of this visit is $18, not including vaccine or prescription costs. For student travel to Western Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, we have developed a pre-travel information document. A 40-minute Travel Consultation may be scheduled, if desired for further information, at a cost of $11 for the visit, not including vaccine or prescription costs.
OSU faculty and staff who have business or research travel to countries outside the U.S. should schedule pre-travel consultation services at the SHS Travel Clinic and register the trip at the Office of Risk Management.
Early scheduling is important, since it takes time to attain immunity and some immunizations may require a series. Appointment times can quickly fill up, especially in spring term. It is encouraged that persons bring vaccine records to the travel consultation visit, if available.
Student Health Services maintains membership in the International Society of Travel Medicine. International Certificates of Vaccination and other documentation required for your travel are available at SHS.
The Travel Clinic provides comprehensive education and immunization services to enhance your travel experience while maintaining good health.
- Assessment of immunization and health care needs based on your itinerary and personal health history.
- Information on prevention and treatment of commonly encountered health problems in the area of the world you plan to visit.
- Advice on what to do in a medical emergency.
- Suggestions and supplies for your personal travel medical kit.
- Laboratory services for any required titers or blood tests.
- Prescription medications, when appropriate, for prevention or treatment of travel-related illnesses such as traveler's diarrhea, malaria, motion sickness and altitude illness. These prescriptions may be purchased in the Pharmacy located on the ground floor of SHS.
- Resources for additional information as needed.
- OSU Employee Travel Planning.
- Travel Checklist (PDF)
Currently, vaccine protection is offered for the following conditions:
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- HPV Vaccine
- Japanese Encephalitis
- Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis (TdaP)
- Varicella (chickenpox)
- Yellow Fever
In the event you do become ill while traveling, or in the year after your trip, see a clinician and inform him/her of your history. You may be seen at the SHS if you are still a student.
Students can charge travel clinic services to their OSU account, or our billing office will courtesy bill private insurance. Failure to cancel an appointment will result in a charge for the scheduled service. The Travel nurse can tell you the current fees for services you receive or you can refer to the fees sheet for student costs (PDF).
Faculty and staff fees are covered under the Occupational Medicine program at OSU for faculty, staff, or student employees venturing abroad for work-related travel. When necessary, a consultation with the Occupational Medicine physician would also be provided at no cost. Certain services that are not required or recommended may be billed to a department index number. Travel appointments unrelated to work are to be paid on date of service. For more information, visit Occupational Health Services.
Preparing for Appointments
- Please schedule your appointments well in advance of anticipated travel; some immunizations are given in a series over a period of time and may take anywhere from two to six months.
- Bring records of all previous immunizations.
- Bring your detailed travel itinerary in the order of destinations, dates and length of stay in each location.
- Be prepared to discuss any illnesses you have and medications you are taking.
- Prior to your Travel Consult appointment, please print a hardcopy of the International Medical Questionnaire (PDF), fill it out, and bring it with you.
Now you can access up-to-date international travel information from your own computer!
Shoreland Medical Marketing, the publisher of the computerized travel information service used at SHS, has made this information available to anyone through the worldwide web for personal, non-commercial use. Through this web site, you can review individual country profiles, read information on travel vaccines and malaria prevention, acquire summaries of travel-related illnesses, and gain an overall understanding of matters related to travel health. You will still need to make an appointment at SHS for a travel consult, but checking out Travel Health Online in advance can save you valuable time in the clinic.
Occupational Travel Resources
The US Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) offers international travel guidance by providing helpful strategies to reduce health risks. The OSHA bulletin suggests that international business travelers follow recommendations for immunizations published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that are available at:
Non-employees and children should schedule appointments with a private provider/physician. For more information, visit the following web sites at:
You may also consult the U.S. Foreign Travel Advisory and Warnings and review any public announcements and country sanctions.
Although no immunizations are required for direct travel from the US to countries in Western Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, it is recommended that travelers be current with their Tetanus, Diphtheria, Polio, and Measles/Mumps/Rubella immunizations. Vaccinations such as Hepatitis B and Hepatitis A are highly recommended. Other resources to provide assistance in ensuring travel safety include: