Health

Domestic - Read and click on all links through the Avian Flu section.

International - Read all information and click on all links in all the sections below.


As soon as possible, check the Travel Health section of the Centers for Disease Control website for the required and recommended immunizations needed for the country/location you will be visiting during your off-campus study. There are several immunizations which require more than one injection to provide you with the maximum protection against disease, and some series of injections can take up to 6 months to complete.

Students on full semester programs should schedule an appointment with a health care provider for a physical exam. For some programs, this is mandatory. Check with your program provider. Before the exam, check with your study abroad program for any requirements regarding laboratory tests, such as HIV testing. Some countries require HIV testing done within 30 days of arrival and require you to have those results in your possession while traveling in their country. Be sure to schedule your exam early, as it can take 7-10 days to receive some lab or x-ray results.

Gustavus Health Service, located in the lower level of Jackson Campus Center, should be your first stop. Physical exams can be scheduled and completed by one of the providers. Necessary laboratory tests and most immunizations can be obtained through Health Service. Immunizations available in Health Service include: tetanus-diphtheria (Td), tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis (Tdap), hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and Gardasil (HPV). Prescriptions can be written for oral typhoid vaccine, malaria prevention, and most other medications that you might need refilled before traveling abroad. Tuberculosis skin testing (Mantoux) is also available in Health Service. Gustavus Health Service bills the cost of the physical, lab tests, and immunizations to your health insurance and any amount not paid by your insurance will be billed to your student account. The costs for these services are typically less than at an off campus clinic, and there are discounted fees for cash-paying students! If any additional immunizations are needed, arrangements can be made with a travel clinic, including Wickersham Travel Clinic in Mankato. The Minnesota Department of Health provides a complete list of travel clinics in the state of Minnesota.

H1N1 Virus

The H1N1 virus continues to cause significant health problems around the world. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has excellent information on the background of this pandemic, how you can protect yourself, and what to do if you get sick.

Measles and Rubella Awareness

Since January 2006, measles outbreaks in adolescents and adults have been occurring in several European countries. It remains important to be vaccinated against both measles and rubella as the symptoms are similar.

Although no longer endemic in the U.S., measles is still endemic in many parts of the world. In the past several years, American citizens returning from foreign travel have been diagnosed with measles. Persons recently traveling to or arriving from Europe or measles-endemic areas of the world are at greatest risk of measles exposure. To reduce your risk of contracting measles or rubella, be sure that your immunizations are up to date before departure and avoid areas where the diseases are known to infect the local population. More information on this immunization is available from the Minnesota Department of Health.

Inoculations and Vaccinations

All students who participate in international off-campus study programs have an obligation to consider health issues, including recommended inoculations and vaccinations well in advance of their departure for a program. For a general introduction to these issues please read the information contained in the following website:

Avian Flu Information

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The Centers For Disease Control

VERY IMPORTANT - Click on the link above and go to the country or countries you will be visiting and then proceed through all the information at this site (located on the left hand menu):

  • Destinations
  • Vaccinations
  • News & Announcements
  • Travel Notices
  • Diseases
  • Yellow Book
  • Find a Clinic
  • Specific Groups and Settings
  • Stay Healthy & Safe
  • Illness and Injury Abroad
  • References and Resources
  • Travel Podcasts
  • RSS Feeds
HIV/AIDS and International Travel

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