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International student vaccination

Going to university abroad can be quite a daunting time for young students. With many leaving home for the first time and trying to remember to pack all the essentials, it can be easy to forget some of the more important things to do. Researching the health and safety concerns of your destination country is a crucial step in planning for a successful stay abroad. Before you go, consult Medical professionals in your area to find out the specific vaccinations you may required to have, before entering your host country or countries in which you wish to travel.

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What vaccinations should I get?

One of the commonly asked questions by the students is “What vaccinations should I get for my semester abroad?” While there is no perfect answer for the question, as there is slightly differing vaccination recommendations from country to country. Documentation of all vaccinations may be required at your host university and that should be recorded as per existing WHO norms. Health cards or forms that are not properly stamped are not accepted by universities in many countries. Most of the American and European universities have ‘University Immunization Form’ which must be submitted in its original format. Students must complete the form and have it signed and stamped by a medical provider. Most of western universities permit students to register for classes even if the students are in the process of completing any of the vaccines that require multiple doses. However, they may terminate your studies if you do not complete the immunization schedule. Some universities may grant an exemption from the mandatory immunization requirement due to medical reasons or due to religious beliefs.

So what can I do if I cannot access my prior immunization records?

There are two ways to establish your vaccination history. Vaccination records from your physician will be sufficient in most cases. When those records are not available, having your blood titres drawn will provide the documentation you need. The tests will check your immune status to vaccinations or diseases you have received in the past. Positive titres result means that you have ample immunity to a particular infectious disease. Therefore, you don’t require getting that particular vaccine. However, when your titre results are negative, you may have to get the vaccinations your school or university requires. Please plan accordingly as the reports of these tests can often take a few days.

Types of vaccinations for international students

The three categories of vaccines to consider are required, routine and recommended

Required vaccines:

The yellow fever vaccine is an example of a required vaccination and it is required for entry into parts of South America and Africa. Japanese encephalitis is prevalent in Southeast Asia. Both diseases are mosquito-borne. Hepatitis B or rabies vaccinations may be required depending on the type of travel and activities the students are doing. Smallpox is officially declared eradicated by the World Health Organization. However, country regulations change often, so a vaccination may be required.

Routine immunizations:

This differs with respect to countries. For example, any student attending higher education in the USA is required to submit proofs for vaccinations or lab report confirming immunity.

  • Two vaccinations against MMR- Measles, Mumps, and Rubella
  • 3 or 4 series of Hepatitis B shots administered over a 6 month period. Students who received the Hepatitis B shots in a different administration schedule should also present titre results proving immunity.
  • One tetanus/ Diphtheria booster given within the past ten years
  • Students residing on campus should be immunized against meningocccal meningitis
  • The polio vaccination remains one of the routine vaccinations in US. Four (4) doses of IPV or OPV.Required for students who will be younger than 18
  • Two doses of varicella ( chicken pox vaccine ) to be given.

Recommended (but not mandatory) vaccinations:

These include the classic travel vaccines for most developing countries where the health infrastructure is poor such as typhoid vaccine. Some European universities recommend that all female students to take the HPV (Cervical Cancer) vaccination.

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How should I plan my vaccination schedule?

  • You should plan appointments in advance, since many vaccinations require more than one visit to a clinic or cannot be taken together.
  • If you plan to travel outside your destination country or to several regions within that country, check the health requirements for those additional places. There are some countries or regions for which you may need extra immunizations, or where you may need to take additional precautions for the handling and consumption of certain foods and/or water.
  • Students have to visit a reputed travel clinic at least six to eight weeks before they travel, because some medications need to be started early and some vaccines are a series of vaccines. Hepatitis A, Tetanus, typhoid, yellow fever, and the meningococcal vaccine are all single-dose vaccines, but Hepatitis B, Japanese encephalitis, and rabies vaccines require multiple shots.
  • Always seek advice from the travel clinic at least a month prior to travel to ensure that vaccinations and other medications, like malaria pills have enough time to be effective.
  • If you depart in less than four weeks, you should still visit the travel clinic. You might benefit from shots or medications and your doctor will advise you of the precautionary measures while taking the trip.

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Immunization For Students Going Abroad

You’ve survived the gruelling procedure of researching universities and applying for admission. You’ve tolerated the painful wait for that ‘unkind’ envelope – the acceptance letter. As if these two phases weren’t traumatic enough, you must now go through the nail-biting visa application process. Take a chill pill. It is not intimidating as it seems. Consider this is as a good time to review your own immunization history.

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Vaccination requirements for students

In the past few years, there has been an increase in the medical criterion for both students and work visas, after global epidemics such as swine flu and Ebola. So for those who plan to study abroad, it’s essential to be well-versed with the medical tests they may need to undergo after they’re done with the application process. Apart from WHO recommendations, every country has their own medical requirements for the overseas students. Most of the countries now demand students to have a complete full-body check-up, immunization certificates and overall medical certificate from a ‘panel’ hospital from their home country.

For example, there are many formalities to be completed for students travelling to the USA. The medical requirements for these students involve certificates of Immunizations for various diseases. Many students from India travelling to the USA don’t have certificates from their doctors or may not have taken these vaccines. The list of vaccines that are required by many US educational universities, institutions etc. for higher education are mentioned below. Please keep in mind that the individual list of vaccines & other medical requirements may vary between Universities, but the list below covers almost all the necessary vaccines.

  • Hepatitis A : 2 doses at 6 months interval
  • Hepatitis B : 3 doses
  • Meningococcal : single dose
  • Tdap( diphtheria, tetanus, pertusis) : single dose
  • Influenza : single dose
  • MMR( Measles, mumps , rubella) : atleast 2 doses
  • Pneumococcal : 2 doses
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox) : 2 doses
  • Tetanus

All visa applicants should have their immunization records available for the review at the time of the processing of the University applications in order to assist the panel physician and to avoid delays in the processing of a visa. Students should consult with their regular health care provider to obtain a copy of their immunization record if one is available.

Pre-travel Immunizations are important

The highest-risk group for travel-related illnesses tends to be students who think they are at a lower risk. Students who plan to travel abroad for higher studies will need additional immunization as different countries have different health risks and may require specific vaccines. There may also be immunizations that are recommended rather than required, and sometimes this is based on the areas in the country you will be visiting. It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of immunization requirements and the most up-to-date health information regarding the locations to which they plan to travel. Ensure to inform your health professional of any plans to travel to destinations outside of your program itinerary, so that all necessary immunizations can be received prior to departure. Ideally, you should see your physician at least 4- 6 weeks before your international trip to get needed medicines or vaccines. Also remember that certain vaccinations have to be administered well before the departure to be fully effective (i.e., six months prior in the case of Hepatitis A and B).

Immunization for students going abroad

What should last-minute travellers do?

Even if you are making a plan to leave in less than four weeks or last-minute trip, you should still check with your doctor to see if any vaccines or preventive medications might be recommended. There are options for getting the vaccines and medicines you need, albeit you’re a last-minute traveller. Your doctor will also counsel you on other ways to reduce your risk of diseases during travel. Many travel vaccines take time to become fully effective or require multiple shots. However, some immunizations can also be given on an “accelerated schedule,” meaning doses are given in a shorter period of time. Some multiple-dose vaccines can still give you partial protection after just one dose.
It’s imperative to have the health advice and right vaccinations before you travel. Your health and safety are essential, particularly if you want to enjoy your education period to the fullest. This is why you need to get the right advice – based on your medical history, season of travel and duration of stay.

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