Travel Clinic/Students' Medical Needs
In addition to the health and personal medical issues discussed during the orientation setting each student is required to visit the ECU Physicians Travel Clinic or Student Health Services for pre-travel advice about the prevention of personal health problems and to receive country appropriate immunizations and malaria prophylaxis if required.
Students may be seen at the ECU Travel Clinic without a referral. Call 744-5751 or 744-4500 option 3. Vaccination records must be taken to the appointment. Records may be printed from https://shs.ecu.edu/ . For additional information, see the following web site - Internal Medicine/Infectious Disease (If there is a problem setting up an appointment, call Susan Copeland 744-3393). Appointments with Student Health Services may be scheduled online or by calling 252-328-6841. Be sure to explain that you need an appointment for international travel reasons.
During the medical clinic visit the student will review the following:
If a student is ill or becomes ill upon return he/she must be evaluated by the ECU Physicians Travel Clinic. In particular, any student experiencing respiratory issues or who had known exposure to TB should return to the Travel Clinic to have a post-trip PPD placed and read.
- 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)
In some countries and localities e-mail is available. Students may e-mail the ECU Travel Clinic physician for advice and consultation should they become ill in country.