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Immunizations and Medications

Before you depart, educate yourself about the necessary immunizations for the country you are traveling to. Be prepared with all necessary prescription and over the counter medications and be sure to consult your primary care physician before you leave.

To make an appointment with the Purchase College Health Services Office, fill out their medical consultation for travel abroad form


The U.S Center for Disease Control (CDC) is the federal agency which provides up-to-date country-specific information about immunizations and other health precautions. Most countries do not require that you present proof of immunizations. However, depending on where you are going, you may want to consider taking certain immunizations before you leave. Consult the CDC Travelers’ Health section for destination specific information.


Getting sick while traveling is never fun. But in case it happens to you, it is best to be prepared. You should bring any familiar over-the-counter medications and first aid items you are likely to need as it may be hard to find certain brands abroad.

If you take prescription medication, take an adequate supply with you, as well as an extra prescription from your physician. If you know you will need to see a doctor abroad for a specific reason, bring as much documentation about your condition as possible.

If you wear glasses and/or contacts, bring an extra pair plus a copy of your lens prescription. 

Students with existing medical conditions should consult their personal physician regarding special precautions they may need to take. It is important to tell your physician the location(s) you will be visiting.

Note: More detailed and country-specific information will be available in the handbook you will receive during your Pre-Departure Orientation.