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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 and MMR.

An office visit for travel medication involves a detailed medical history and a brief physical exam.  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.

Study Abroad Health Insurance for WKU students traveling abroad is provided through Academic Health Plans (AHP).  Insured students enrolled in the plan shall have access to 24-hour global emergency services, including evacuation and repatriation. This insurance is mandatory for students who are engaged in educational or research activities affiliated with WKU while traveling outside of the United States.  This plan is offered to faculty/staff and their dependents.  For details about the plan coverage visit:  The premium amount for this insurance will automatically be attached to your study abroad bill.  If you have additional questions, please contact your study abroad advisor or Linda Heady, Benefit Administrator at (270) 745-5034.


In-Stock Vaccines (we can administer on the campus site)

  • 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 8/10/15