International Travel Clinic Info Students going overseas should go to the international travel clinic before they leave to be sure they get all the necessary immunizations, etc. This is not actually required by UNC, it’s just a good idea. Be prepared! They suggest starting this process 3 to 6 months prior to travel! UNC’s International Travel Clinic This web page has the step-by-step process of how to get into the UNC International Travel Clinic: http://campushealth.unc.edu/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogcategory&id=96&Itemid=76 The normal path is this: 1. You fill out a questionnaire by the Friday before the presentation. 2. You go to the presentation (held Wednesdays and Thursdays from 12:30 to 1:30) where they tell you important information and get you set up with prescriptions you’ll need. The presentation takes about one hour 3. You get the immunizations and vaccinations. If you have already gone through this process before, you can skip step 2 and just ask them for the prescriptions you’ll need. All of this costs money. The travel clinic fee is $25. You would also need to pay for summer health care, which costs $60. You also have to pay for your own vaccinations and prescriptions. At some point (circa May) the Travel Clinic won’t accept students anymore who aren’t signed up for classes in the first summer session. This is often a problem for UNC SOM students, because unless they want financial aid they do not sign up for summer credit hours. By setting up an arrangement with Student Affairs to receive this credit retroactively, students who don’t want financial aid can save money by not having to pay tuition during the summer. Luckily, there are alternatives to the UNC travel clinic. Alternatives Students who want to forgo some of the fees associated with the process above, or have other reasons to go elsewhere (such as being closed out of UNC’s travel clinic), can choose to go to alternative location for these services. Suggestions for alternative locations are: 1. Chapel Hill Urgent Care on Highway 54 - http://www.chucmed.com/ 2. Passport Health (in Durham and Raleigh) - http://www.passporthealthusa.com/triangle/ More Information For more information about UNC’s International Travel Clinic, contact Elizabeth Dyer, the university’s travel nurse. She can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or at UNC Student Health’s Acute Care division at: 966-6573.