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 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).
During the medical clinic visit the student will review the following:
If the student is ill or becomes ill upon return the student must be evaluated by the ECU Physicians Travel Clinic.
- 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)
Six weeks after returning to the USA the student should 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 ECU Travel Clinic physician for advice and consultation should they become ill in country.