Students are responsible for making sure they are current on their immunizations and receive any necessary additional immunizations prior to studying abroad. This responsibility includes checking the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web site (http://www.cdc.gov) for any recommended or required immunizations for a student's host country, and all costs associated with being vaccinated.
There are three categories of vaccinations students should be aware of when preparing for their study abroad program: routine, recommended, and required.
Students should make sure they are up to date on their routine vaccinations, since these protect against diseases that are still common in many parts of the world.
These vaccines are recommended to protect travelers from diseases and illnesses found in certain parts of the world. They also help prevent infectious diseases from crossing international borders.
Currently, only the yellow fever vaccine is required by International Health Regulations for travel to certain countries in sub-Saharan Africa and tropical South America. However, some countries may require medical tests prior to entry (such as an HIV test). Students are responsible for checking the CDC web site (http://www.cdc.gov) for information on required medical tests for travel to their host country and for all costs associated with these tests.