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Travel

Many Hope students travel outside of the country, either independently or as part of a group. The Health Center assists over 200 students every year with travel immunizations.

Travel vaccines at the Hope Health Center
  • Anti-malaria prescriptions (to be filled at your pharmacy)
  • Hepatitis A vaccine
  • Hepatitis B vaccine
  • Meningococcal vaccine
  • Polio vaccine, adult booster
  • Tetanus vaccine
  • Typhoid vaccine, both oral and injectable
  • Yellow fever vaccine

Travel-related expenses are not covered under the HopeHealth benefit. Call your major medical insurance provider and ask if they cover travel vaccines or travel related services. Most insurance companies do not cover the fees for travel-related vaccines. Travel vaccines done in the Hope Health Center may be put on your student account or paid by cash/check at the time of service. You may request and submit a statement to your major medical insurance company for possible reimbursement.

Before traveling
  1. If you are planning on receiving your immunizations and/or physical through the Health Center you must obtain a travel report that provides information concerning recommended and required immunizations specific to your itinerary
  2. Obtain travel warnings from the U.S. Department of State
      • Register your trip here
      • Obtain passport and visa information
  3. Obtain travel immunizations no later than one month prior to departure — the sooner the better

  4. Obtain medication refills to cover your trip
      • Many countries do not have the same medications or are unable to honor your doctor’s prescription
  5. Contact your major medical insurance provider and ask if they will cover sickness or injury while you are on your trip
      • Many insurance companies do not cover you once you leave the country
  6. Obtain traveler’s insurance to cover injury or medical care; think about choosing one that will pay to transport you back to the United States if necessary
If you are seriously sick or injured while traveling
  1. Contact your travel insurance company; many will direct you to an appropriate health care provider
  2. Call or locate the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate
  3. If you have an American Express card, call their local offices for help finding health care
  4. If all else fails, ask other travelers or locals for help
After traveling 
  1. See your health care provider if you develop any of the following symptoms:
      • Watery diarrhea
      • Bloody diarrhea
      • Explosive diarrhea
      • Abdominal pain
      • Fever
  2. If your travel report indicated that you were traveling to a high risk country, you should obtain a TB skin test 9-12 weeks after returning from your trip

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