International travel involves being responsible for one's health and safety. Belmont recommends that students consult the CDC and WHO websites listed below for information about health issues related to travel. In addition, the U.S. Department of State's consular information sheets may have additional information about local health issues.
The best way to protect yourself during international travel is to be informed of the latest health information for your destination, to consult with your personal physician on which vaccinations or medicines you may need, and to practice safe personal hygiene while abroad.
In recent years the number of internationally required vaccines has dropped and a more prudent "responsible for one's own health" scenario has emerged. While some vaccines may be required by certain countries, many now have recommended vaccinations that may vary by geographic location, contact with local people, and the quality of your housing and food accommodations.
Find out the recommended
vaccines/preventative medicines for your country of destination, consult with
your study abroad program director, and then schedule an appointment with your
Belmont's Student Health Services can also advise on and give vaccinations for many travel-related needs.