INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL PREPARATION FOR STUDENTS
Students who are traveling abroad and doing clinical work might require medications as well as immunizations prior to travel. Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) medication might be needed for high risk blood borne pathogen exposures. These medications are taken with you in case you have an exposure and are in a remote location.
All students are required to make an appointment with Student Health Services (SHS) by calling (508) 334-8464 or their own PCP to review required immunizations for that country, to discuss other required medical prophylaxis issues, and to discuss the post exposure prophylaxis (PEP) protocol. The students will receive hand outs on PEP. This should be done 2-3 months prior to travel so that the proper immunizations can be administered.
Students are encouraged to go to the CDC website before their SHS appointment to review the health risks of the area they are traveling to: http://www.cdc.gov/travel
If it is determined that you will be traveling to a TB endemic country, this information including your return date will be givento SHS.
ALL STUDENTS RETURNING FROM TRAVEL TO AN ENDEMIC COUNTRY ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE
A TST (TB TEST) WITHIN 8-10 WEEKS UPON THEIR RETURN
Please be sure to contact SHS at (508) 334-8464 upon your return to schedule a TST or to complete a symptom review form. SHS will also send an e-mail reminder after the date of your return so please be sure to check your e-mail and follow up with SHS.
To receive credit and/or a travel stipend for an international elective, please visit the travel section on the website of The Office of Global Health and fill out the proper forms: http://umassmed.edu/globalhealth/formsandsites.aspx