Travel Health

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Travel Health

A Saint Mary's College Travel Health Form is required for all SMC-sanctioned study abroad or Jan Term Travel. Completed forms must be provided to the Jan Term Travel office or Study Abroad office to enable travel.

The Student Health Center offers travel appointments to complete this form. A visit fee of $25 will be charged to your account for these appointments. Alternately, this form can be completed by any off-campus healthcare provider of your choice. 

To Schedule your Travel Visit at the Student Health Center:

Please email healthcenter@stmarys-ca.edu to start your travel appointment process. 

Please include the following in your email:

     1) Subject heading of "Travel Visit"

     2) Full name/SMC ID

     3) Travel destination and dates

     4) Phone number

One of our nurses will get back to you to review your immunizations. To expedite this process, please make sure documentation of your current immunization record (hopefully you uploaded this upon your enrollment!) has been uploaded to your Student Health Portal. (If you entered SMC during or after Fall 2023, use Med+Proctor)

For travel paperwork to be approved by the SMC Student Health Center, all immunizations recommended by the CDC for your travel destination are required. We must take into consideration the health and experience of your entire travel cohort.  Accordingly, for forms to be signed by the Student Health Center staff, ALL Jan Term travel destinations will require the following:

     1) Routine childhood vaccines: MMR, Varicella, Polio, Tdap (within 10 years), Meningitis (MCV4).  See vaccine details here

     2) Flu shot (available at the Student Health Center at your in-person visit)

     3) Covid-19 (evidence of initial series OR one dose since August 2022)

In addition to the above, the following will be required according to destination:

Brazil (4 additional) : 1) Hepatitis A (2 doses at least 6 months apart or 1 dose if travel is within next 6 months), 2) Typhoid vaccine (prescription will be given at in-person visit if needed), 3) Anti-Malarial medications (prescription will be given at visit), 4) Yellow Fever (Travel form can/will be signed prior to obtaining this, but it should be acquired 10 days prior to travel: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/yellow-fever-vaccination-clinics/search)

Mexico, Nepal, OR South Korea (2 additional) : 1) Hepatitis A (2 doses at least 6 months apart or 1 dose if travel is within next 6 months), 2) Typhoid vaccine (prescription will be given at in-person visit if needed)

Your in-person Travel Visit will be scheduled once it is determined your pre-visit immunization requirements have been met. 

If anti-malarial medications or the typhoid vaccine are required for your destination, prescriptions will be given to you at your in-person travel visit. And as mentioned above, if a Yellow Fever vaccine is required, this may be obtained after your form is signed. (You can find vaccine clinics offering this here).

Preparing for Your In-Person Appointment

What to bring when you schedule an appointment:

  • The Travel Health Form, with page 1 completed by the student.
  • any documentation of additional vaccines obtained after speaking with our travel nurse

We highly encourage all students to utilize our email-started travel visit (see above), as this will expedite the process. Travel appointments will not be scheduled unless approved by the emailing travel nurse EXCEPT on the following dates:

10/25 and 11/6

We will be providing Travel Health Walk-In appointments from 9 - 11:45  and 1 - 3:45 on October 25th and November 6th. Please note that these appointments are first-come-first-served and we may not be able to accommodate everyone. These are best for students who are certain they are up-to-date with all necessary immunizations. It is highly encouraged that most students utilize the email-started travel visit process (see above).

Cancellation and No-Show Policy

There is a $25 no-show charge for missed appointments.

 

More information regarding immunization requirements can be found at the Center for Disease Control website.