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WKU Health Services : Travel Clinic

Travel Clinic Services

If you are planning to travel abroad, please discuss the recommended and/or required vaccines with your health care provider. WKUHS follows the CDC recommendations for international travel. Our in-stock vaccines included: Tetanus, Polio, Meningitis, Hepatitis A/B (Twinrix) and MMR.

An office visit for travel medication involves a detailed medical history and a brief physical exam. Unfortunately, this service is not covered by many insurance companies. Please plan your visit for vaccines at least 6 weeks prior to travel.

After the travel evaluation, the provider will recommend certain vaccines and medication to decrease your risk of getting ill when you travel. These recommendations are dependent upon where you are traveling, how long you will be outside the country, and what you will be doing during the trip.

Travel to most areas of Western Europe will require nothing more than confirmation of routine vaccines and giving boosters if needed. Travel to Central and South America, far East Asia and Africa which will generally require additional vaccines.

WKU Study Abroad Insurance Plan
Academic Emergency Services

Health insurance for individuals traveling abroad is available with Academic Health Plans. This insurance is mandatory for full-time students who are engaged in full-time educational or research activities affiliated with Western Kentucky University while traveling outside the United States. This plan is also offered to faculty/staff and their dependents. For details about the plan coverage please visit the WKU Study Abroad website. The premium will automatically be attached to full-time students WKU university bill. If you have additional questions please contact your study abroad adviser or Linda Heady, WKUHS Insurance & Billing Coordinator at (270) 745-5034.

Insured students enrolled in the plan shall have access to 24-hour global emergency services provided by Scholastic Emergency Services.

In-Stock Vaccines (we can administer)

  • Tetanus/Diptheria/Pertussis - Tdap vaccine
  • Polio vaccine
  • Meningitis
  • Hepatitis A & B - TwinRix
  • Measles, Mumps, and Rubella - MMR

Unavailable Vaccines (we can prescribe and administer):

  • Japanese encephalitis vaccine
  • Rabies

To receive the Yellow Fever vaccine please call the office of Dr. Rebecca Shadowen at (270) 746-0440. Our providers can prescribe medications that are needed for prevention of malaria and other medications in case of certain illnesses and symptoms. Providers will also review all preventative measure during your office visit.

**Important Travel Updates**

CDC Travel Health Warnings
CDC Travel Health Information

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 Last Modified 9/24/14