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Health & Safety

All participants should endeavor to insure their own personal health and safety. Read all program material carefully. Make available to the program director all physical and mental health information that is necessary for a safe experience. Inform parents and guardians of all relevant study abroad information. Obtain and maintain appropriate insurance policies. Understand and comply with the laws of the host country and behave in a respectful manner. Travel Warnings, Public Announcements and Consular Information Sheets from the Department of State are posted on the Study Abroad website. We abide by US State Department warnings on travel. It is the responsibility of the student to be fully informed of political and health developments in their foreign country of study. The Center for Global Education website offers good information on safety and has other resources for students interested in a study abroad experience. www.globaled.us

Will I need special vaccinations to go abroad?

You should check with the State Department website, the program, or the U.S. Public Health Service Centers for Disease Control - 800.311.3435 (hot line), 888.232.3299 (fax) - for information on malaria, health advisories, immunization schedules, bulletins on disease outbreaks, etc. Please note that some immunizations must be started 12 WEEKS before your departure. Tetanus/diphtheria, measles, polio, and hepatitis A and B are some of the recommended vaccinations for all travelers. Some countries will require vaccinations for yellow fever and cholera.

What is available at the Vassar College Health Services?

The Vassar College Health Services offers travel counseling as well as immunizations for students studying or traveling abroad that can prepare and protect you against many of the most common travel related illnesses such as: Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B. Other travel immunizations available at the Health Center include: Tetanus/diphtheria, Typhoid, Japanese Encephalitis, and Polio, Yellow Fever. Health services include anti-malaria medications. Call for a travel clinic appointment.