Pre-Travel Assessment


The Student Health Service provides information about Pre-Travel Assessments to our student population as part of our Travel Health service.


We suggest you schedule your Pre-Travel Assessment as soon as you know about your trip.   Six weeks is usually enough time to get needed vaccinations; however, schedule an appointment even if you have less than six weeks’ notice.   This will allow you time to meet with a clinician.


What do I need to do before my Pre-Travel Assessment?

  • If your immunization records at the Student Health Service are not complete, bring your records with you.
  • Bring a list of any medications you currently take.
  • Complete the first page of the Student Health Service Pre-Travel Form, and bring it with you to the appointment.


What happens during the Pre-Travel Assessment?

The clinician will review and educate you about:

  • Destination and activity-specific health issues depending on where you’re travelling and what you’ll be doing
  • Recommended and required trip-specific immunizations
  • Food and water safety and how to prevent and treat traveler’s diarrhea
  • How to prevent insect-borne infections (malaria, dengue)
  • How to prevent and treat altitude sickness (if needed)
  • How to prevent accidents and injuries
  • Why Medical and Evacuation Insurance is important, including how and where to get medical care abroad
  • Why a Travel Health Kit is important and where to get one tailored to health and travel needs
  • Prescriptions for malaria prophylaxis and traveler’s diarrhea (if needed) with instructions on use, as well as prescriptions for other routine medications

Our SHS Pharmacy can prepare a customized “Travel Health Kit” for you.   Stop by the Pharmacy or call 412-383-1850 for more information.

TRAVEL HEALTH Pre-Travel Assessment