Before you leave to study abroad, make sure you do these things:
Understand and communicate any health requirements you have when applying for a program and making housing arrangements. This includes pulmonary diseases, respiratory illnesses, allergies, psychological therapy, dietary requirements, disabilities and any other medical or special educational needs.
Assess and address your state of mind. If you are concerned about your physical or emotional health, including your use of alcohol or other controlled substances, address your situation honestly before going abroad. The SAU Counseling Center is available if you have any questions or concerns about transitioning to a new environment.
Take care of all your routine medical visits (family doctor, gynecologist, dentist, optometrist, etc.) at least four to six weeks prior to departure. Some program providers will require you to obtain medical clearance from your doctor or get a physical, so schedule your appointments accordingly. Be sure your regular vaccinations are updated and all prescriptions are filled. Discuss any additional vaccination medications or information you may need.
Students should have all their regular vaccinations up to date prior to going abroad. For country-specific information regarding additional vaccinations, please visit the Centers for Disease Control.
Assemble a travel health kit containing basic first aid and medical supplies. Be sure to include an alcohol-based hand gel for hand hygiene. Other items to consider are a thermometer, Band-Aids, sunscreen and sunburn ointment, bug repellent, anti-diarrhea medication, gauze and adhesive tape, antibacterial ointment, pain reliever, over-the-counter cold medication, altitude or motion sickness pills, contraceptives, and feminine hygiene products.
Do not travel if you have a fever or other flu-like symptoms.