We hope you do get a chance to study abroad and want you to know that we are here to help you do it. In Part I, we talked about things you should do before you head out of the country.
Once you have gotten your shots, there are still a number of things to keep in mind WHILE traveling that will reduce risks for short- and long-term health issues resulting from your travels.
Most students have great experiences abroad, but travel can pose some risks to your health and safety. Student Health Services is prepared to guide you through some of those hazards and make sure you are armed with everything you need to stay safe – good information and advice as well as vaccines and medicines.
Question – do you know the most common cause of preventable death in travelers in other countries? Malaria? Typhoid? Flu? Guess again. It’s motor vehicle accidents.
Watch the following video for more useful prevention information from the CDC:
BTW, you need a passport to do all of this stuff. Don’t have one? Check out the Office of International Affairs website to find out how to get one.
Roger Miller, MD (OSU Student Health Services)