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Travel Clinic/Students' Medical Needs

In addition to the health and personal medical issues discussed during the orientation setting each student will be required to visit a recognized Travel Clinic for pre-trip advice about the prevention of personal health problems and to receive country appropriate immunizations and malaria prophylaxis. The Brody School of Medicine has a Travel Clinic and most students will find it convenient to be seen there. For further information, see the following web site: Internal Medicine/Infectious Disease

During the Travel Clinic visit the student will undergo the following:
  • Personal health history and current medications
  • Information on how to prevent personal health problems from
                   food and water
                   vaccine preventable diseases
                   vector borne diseases diseases
                   transmitted by human contact
                   diseases associated with extreme activity (high altitudes, scuba diving, etc.)
  • Information on how to treat traveler's diarrhea should it occur and prescriptions for an appropriate antibiotic and anti-diarrheal agent
  • Vaccinations appropriate for the country(s) to be visited
  • Placement of a tuberculin skin test (PPD) if not done within the previous 12 months
  • Prescription for medication for the prevention of malaria (if appropriate)
  • Receive an International Certificate of Vaccination (should be kept with passport when traveling)

If the student is or becomes ill upon return the student must be evaluated by the Travel Clinic physician.

Six weeks after returning to the USA the student must return to the Travel Clinic to have a post-trip PPD placed and read.

In some countries and localities e-mail is available. Students may e-mail the Travel Clinic physician for advice and consultation should they become ill in country.