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If you’re traveling abroad, start planning now to protect yourself. The Auraria Immunization office provides a variety of Travel Immunizations and works with the Health Center at Auraria which offers Travel Consultation medical appointments as some travel immunizations require a prescription. If vaccinations or medications are needed to travel, this process can take weeks or months to complete, so get started early.
Steps to Prepare for Traveling Abroad
Plan in advance. Travel medications for malaria require a prescription from a healthcare provider. In addition, some of these medications need to be started prior to traveling and most vaccines take approximately 2 weeks for your body to build immunity to protect you from disease.
It is helpful to find out the vaccine recommendations or requirements for the country/countries you will be visiting. You can do this by visiting the CDC website and completing the For Travelers section. If a vaccine is required, you must obtain this vaccine as you may not be allowed into that country if you do not have proof of the required immunizations.
Before you get a vaccine or make a Travel Consultation appointment, find all your immunization records and bring them with you to the appointment. You can check with your parents/guardians, former doctors, your former high school or some State Health agencies to see if you can find previous records.
Make an appointment with a healthcare provider to review your immunizations and obtain needed vaccinations or medications. Insurance generally does not cover the costs of the office visit or travel medication. You can call the Health Center at Auraria for pricing information and to see if your insurance will cover the cost of the office visit.