Travel Clinic

Are you planning for a trip or a study abroad semester? Before your trip, take time to prevent illness or injuries while you are away.

The Travel Clinic can help Mason community members prepare for safe travel by providing prescriptions and immunizations needed for disease prevention as well as travel safety tips. The Travel Clinic is available to students, faculty, and staff by appointment only. A fee is charged for visits and additional fees are charged for immunizations.

Travel Clinic Appointments

  1. Call Student Health (703-993-2831) during open hours to make your Travel Clinic appointment.
  2. Schedule your appointment about 4-6 weeks before you plan to travel, especially if traveling to a developing country.
  3. Complete the Pre-Travel Assessment form before your appointment.
  4. Bring your completed Pre-Travel Assessment form to your appointment.

You may need one or more of the following immunizations or medications:

  • Hepatitis A vaccine
  • Hepatitis B vaccine
  • Malaria (oral medication)
  • Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR) vaccine
  • Meningococcal vaccine
  • Tdap/Td (Tetanus, Diphtheria & Pertussis) vaccine
  • Oral Typhoid vaccine
  • Varicella (chicken pox) vaccine

Possibly required, but not available at Student Health:

  • Yellow Fever vaccine
  • Rabies vaccine
  • Poliovirus vaccine

Trip Tips

  • Some countries require certain vaccinations for entry. Your healthcare provider can help you make sure your vaccination status is up to date and meets your destination requirements.
  • If you take prescription medication, remember to take an adequate supply of your medication with you. Carry your medication (in the original labeled container) with you rather than packing it in your luggage.
  • Be prepared for injury or illness by taking a small first-aid kit. You may want to include pain relievers such as Tylenol or ibuprofen, antacids, and an anti-diarrheal such as Pepto-Bismol. Bring antibiotic creams and bandages for minor cuts and burns.
  • If you wear glasses or contacts, consider bringing an extra pair or a copy of the prescription for your lenses.
  • Remember to take items to protect yourself from the sun, heat or cold, and insects.
  • Have a plan for what you would do in case of illness, emergency, or injury while traveling. Know where you would go for help, who could you call or get help from, and what are the numbers for police or medical help.

Additional Information

Centers for Disease Control Traveler’s Health

U.S. Department of State

Mason’s International Travel website

TripPrep.com

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