Planning to travel for study abroad, volunteer work, or just a vacation? Going to visit friends or family in another country over winter, spring, or summer break? Schedule a pre-travel visit with the Primary Care Health Service before you go!
You may need:
- required and recommended vaccines
- prescription medication
- travel health counseling
You may need to update routine vaccines or you may need recommended or required vaccines based on travel destination.
Our recommendations for pre-travel vaccines are based on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and our travel medicine software, TRAVAX. TRAVAX is updated monthly with information from the CDC, the State Department and the World Health Organization (WHO).
If you are traveling outside of the US especially if you are going to Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, Central or South America, Eastern Europe, Mexico, the Middle East and/or the Pacific you should schedule a pre-travel visit.
For those individuals going to Western European countries such as England, Ireland, Spain, Austria and Germany please make sure your routine vaccines are updated. The CDC recommends routine vaccines to be up to date and Hepatitis B vaccine series for Western European countries. (http://www.cdc.gov/travel)
It is important to plan ahead as some vaccines require a series of injections and must be completed a month or more in advance.
Before your appointment can be scheduled you will need to submit certain required paperwork. It is best to contact Primary Care four to six weeks before your travel to ensure sufficent time for both completing your required paperwork and scheduling an appointment. Please call Primary Care at 1-212-854-2091 to receive the required forms.
If your travel is going to occur in less than four to six weeks, it is still best to contact Primary Care for pre-travel information.
There are no walk-in appointments for travel vaccines.
You must bring your insurance card to you travel health appointment.
Late or Cancellation: If you are running late, please call Primary Care and the RN will decide if the remaining time is enough for visit or the need to reschedule. If you are unable to make your appointment, please let us know 24 hrs or more in advance so that your time slot can be given to another student.
Travel Health Services May Include
- Administration of any necessary vaccinations for your travel itinerary or updating vaccines
- Vaccine counseling
- PPD placement if necessary
- Malaria and yellow fever risk
- Traveler’s diarrhea
- High altitude sickness
- General safety
- Animal bite/rabies protection
- Insect precautions
- Contraception planning
- Tuberculosis education
- Food and water safety
- Recreational safety
- Traveler's medical kit
- Hepatitis, HIV & STI Prevention
- US State Department STEP Itinerary registration: https://step.state.gov/step/
- Insurance: Students with Aetna Student Health insurance receive travel health benefits under On Call International. This includes unlimited medical evacuation. For more information on benefits, visit their website: www.oncallinternational.com Students without Aetna Student Health should contact their insurance providers for more information on possible travel health coverage.
Vaccines Available at PCHS
- Flu Vaccine
- Hepatitis A Vaccine
- Hepatitis B Vaccine
- HPV Vaccine
- Meningitis A and B Vaccine
- MMR Vaccine
- Pneumovax Vaccine
- Polio Vaccine
- Td Vaccine
- Tdap Vaccine
- Typhoid Vaccine
- Yellow Fever Vaccine
We will refer out for Rabies and Japanese Encephalitis vaccines to The Interchurch Center.
All vaccines are free for students with Aetna Student Health Insurance. For students with outside insurance, there will be a charge at the time of the appointment, but reimbursement may be available depending on your outside insurance. Please call Primary Care and ask to speak to our director of operations, Elliot Wasserman, with any questions.
Please note that Primary Care accepts Visa, Mastercard or checks. We do not accept Discover, American Express or cash.
After you return from your travels, you should see a medical provider if you:
- Spent 3 months or more in rural areas in the developing world
- Were told you had or suspected to have malaria
- Were treated or hospitalized for medical illness
- Continue to have unusual ongoing symptoms
- Engaged in activities that may have exposed you to increased health risks
- Had exposure to freshwater in high risk area, may need to be followed for schistosomiasis
Contact Primary Care at 212-854-2091.
Travel Safe. Travel Wise.