Travel Medicine

The SHC physicians, nurse practitioners, and nurses have extensive experience in providing pre-travel consultations for our international travelers. Students should be aware that most insurance companies do NOT cover the cost of immunizations or medications needed for travel. However, students on the Gallagher student health insurance will find that most of their immunizations and travel medications are either fully covered or are available for a small co-pay.

SHC carries all routine vaccinations as well as most travel-related vaccines, including Japanese Encephalitis and rabies vaccines.

IMPORTANT

There is currently a Yellow Fever vaccine shortage in the U.S. and we no longer have this vaccine available.  Over the next 18-24 months, the nationwide availability of this vaccine will be limited since the only supplier has ceased production.  The travel consultant team at Student Health can review your destination information and help you assess your risks.  We will also assist you in your efforts in finding clinics in the U.S. that may still carry the vaccine.  Planning well in advance is important, given the limited number of Yellow Fever sites in the United States at this time.

Travel consultation appointments should be made 4-6 weeks in advance of the departure date, in order to allow any needed vaccines time to take effect. Some vaccines may require a series of shots, so it is important to allow enough time for series completion.

Preparing for a travel consultation in advance will allow your visit to be more efficient and productive. The CDC’s travel website at www.cdc.gov/travel is a helpful resource that will give you an idea of what to expect at your appointment. Please view more information regarding travel-related vaccinations and malaria medications.   

suitcase icon.jpg  Are you ready to schedule your travel consult?

  1. Complete a Pre-Travel Questionnaire
    You may either complete the online form  OR  print out a hard copy and complete the Pre-Travel Questionnaire .pdf at your convenience.
    Pre-travel questionnaires MUST be completed before you can schedule a travel consult appointment.  Note that it is very important to know the details about your destination so complete the questionnaire in full.
  2. Submit the Pre-Travel Questionnaire to Student Health via email (studenthealth@vanderbilt.edu) or fax (615-343-0047), or drop it off at the front desk of the Zerfoss Student Health Center.   If you complete the online form, you simply submit at the end of the questionnaire.

Student Health will contact you by phone within 2 business days to schedule an appointment time that matches the availability you listed on your Pre-Travel Questionnaire.